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Condolences to Chad Beins and Family

We extend our deepest sympathies to Chad Beins and Family on the sudden loss of his brother Adrian.

Condolences to James Augustin & Family

Our deepest condolences to James Augustin and Family on the loss of James’s wife Romayne

Condolences to Barney Morier & Family

Our condolences are extended to Barney Morier and Family on the recent loss of Barney’s brother Dennis.

Condolences to the Family of Sue James

Our deepest sympathies to the family of Sue James on her passing.

Condolences to Joan, Charles Reincastle and Family

Our deepest sympathies to Joan, Charles Reincastle and Family on the sad loss of Joan’s Mum Mrs Elsie Nunis

Condolences to the Family of Horace Sta Maria

Our condolences are extended to the family of the Late Horace Sta Maria

AEAWA Suggestions & Complaints Policy

You can now download a copy of our Suggestions & Complaints Policy from our downloads page

Genevieve Boudville De Souza

gbds20 years ago I was asked to join the newly formed Eurasian Club but had to decline due to personal commitments and it has been a privilege to be able to finally join the membership.  It has been absolutely rewarding and enjoyable.

 

I was born in Singapore, in a cow shed, just like Jesus was! (Kandang Kerbau Hospital) the only justification I have for a maternity hospital with such a name!  My wonderful parents were originally from Malaysia – my late dad Sydney Boudville was from Penang and my mum Margaret Beins from Malacca. I am the eldest of three children.  My early childhood was spent in Katong, a very Eurasian part of Singapore but at the age of 5 we moved to Serangoon and I started my schooling at St Joseph’s Convent, a branch of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus.  I spent 10 years at this Convent and two years of Pre-University at the government run Serangoon Gardens Secondary School.  At age 15 we moved to Serangoon Gardens.  After completing HSC, I enrolled in a Private and Confidential Secretarial course at the International Training Centre.

 

Armed with a London Chamber of Commerce Certificate in Private Secretarial Duties, I started my career at the Straits Times as Secretary to the Managing Director of Encyclopaedia Britannica then went on to work for a  British Oil and Gas personnel recruitment company— Overseas Technical Services.

 

I met my husband Michael De Souza while he was holidaying in Singapore and we were married in April 1981.  Michael emigrated to Darwin when he was 15 and after Cyclone Tracy in 1974 he moved to Perth.  Our son Troy Michael was born in 1982.

 

I opted not to continue my career when I moved to Perth but instead pursued my passion of volunteering my services to the Catholic Church and the community.  I have since been heavily involved in choirs, parish councils, school boards and for the past twenty one  years an active member of the St Vincent de Paul Society.  I have held various leadership positions in the Society which culminated in the position of State President from 2005 to 2008.

 

I am currently still an active member of the Society and administrator and caretaker of my local Parish centre in Gosnells.  I am enjoying my role on the Heritage Committee of the Eurasian Association.  It has enabled me to indulge in such wonderful nostalgia by re -kindling memories of holidays spent with my grandparents Felix and Nellie Beins where “Kristang” was spoken daily and I can still smell the gorgeous aroma of chicken stew coming from grandma’s kitchen.  Long live our Eurasian culture and heritage!

 

Genevieve Boudville De Souza

Member Profile – Graeme Mitchell – Committee Member

graememitchellBorn in Singapore in the mid fifties and lived the better part of the first 12 years of life on Pulau Bukom – what a wonderful time, what a wonderful experience.

Sam and Eulis Mitchell brought three children into this world – Lesley (Sutton), Jeffrey and me (the youngest). My bloodline is made up of Anglo-Indian, Sri Lankan, Scottish, Irish and a little bit of French thrown in there somewhere. If you think I’m mixed up think of my three kids, Daniel, Aaron and Tyrrelle, they have full blood Dutch added to their bloodline courtesy of their mother (my lovely wife), Marian. My eldest, Daniel, married Kate earlier this year, so there may be more added to the bloodline.

My Heritage was from living and learning (more importantly EATING) from the multitude of Cultures that surrounded me as I grew up on Bukom and Singapore. Life on the Island was a blessing, the family gatherings, the friends, the whole community. It was one BIG family, and lots of ‘Aunties’ and ‘Uncles’ watching over you. Those were the days.

At the age of 12, my brother and I came to Perth to study. We lived with relatives for nearly 2 years before mum and dad joined us, and we made Australia our home. I schooled at St. Norbert’s College and through their swimming club I met Marian (long story, talk to me sometime and I’ll give you the whole saga – I’m kidding). 5 years later, Marian and I were married in the school chapel, the very first couple to do so.

My first job after leaving school was with the department of Agriculture, in animal health. I assisted the Veterinarians in post mortems and also in animal/feed “Trials”. I left the department after 3 years and joined the Australian Regular Army but only for a very short time, my feet didn’t seem to like running in army boots. I joined the Sheraton Perth Hotel, working in Housekeeping and then with the Beverage department. After 7 years I decided that I needed a change and left to join the Insurance bandwagon. Insurance agents parallel used-car salesmen, you have to be born for it. Needless to say, it wasn’t me. I was looking for excitement, danger and (don’t tell Marian) good looking women – I became a “Driving Instructor” – boy can I tell you some stories, no, nothing to do with good looking women. I stuck with that for about 5 years and then decided that another change was due.

When I left the Sheraton I promised myself that I would never go back into hospitality, last year I left the InterContinental Hotel (Burswood Casino) after 15.5 YEARS!!! A glutton for punishment. I held the position of ‘Concierge Supervisor’ for most of that time, my final 2 years as “The Concierge”. I did enjoy my time there and managed to win a few awards, friends and lasting memories – meeting Bill Clinton, John Travolta, Jerry Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Michael Jackson – oh, sorry that was a concert I went to, but there was George Benson, Alice Cooper and Fred Couples (one of the many pro-golfers that stayed at the hotel) just to name a few more. I have been fortunate. I left the Burswood when mum (Eulis) came to live with Marian and me. Unfortunately mum passed in January 09, she’s with her beloved Sam in a better place.

I’m now working for a very close friend, look for the advertisement in this newsletter (that wasn’t a plug). I love Golf (this is a plug) and I’m hoping to put together a few more golf meets for the club members and friends. So let me know if you like “Spoiling a Good Walk”. God Bless.

Graeme…

John Sutton – Profile

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