The Southern Cross : September 2010
Page 28 September 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au obituaries Born during the dying stages of The Great War, Barbara Hanafin was part of a large and happy family. The eldest of five children she grew up mainly in the United Kingdom (apart from two periods in Singapore). Barbara's mother Phyllis (nee Tindal) was a member of the famous Australian pastoral family responsible for establishing the first meat works in Australia. Her father, Laurence Erskine Travers, was a member of the British Army Royal Engineers and died when Barbara was only 20 years old. Barbara's schooling was at Godolphin Girls School where she gained her School Certificate in 1934 at the age of 16. She then commenced secretarial duties including a period at the world famous "The Aeroplane" publication where she was occasionally despatched at lunch time to get cucumber sandwiches for the boss. At the outbreak of WW II Barbara joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service, or ATS, reaching the rank of Captain before resigning her commission at the end of WW II to join the British Red Cross. She then spent the next 18 months working in occupied Germany amongst Displaced Persons Camps. Moving back to the United Kingdom in early 1947 Barbara met Brian Hanafin and they were married in St Mary's Church, Chelsea on May 22, 1948. They had three sons James, Dermot and Aidan, raised while Brian served with the British Air Force until the family moved to Adelaide South Australia and Barbara was a serving Officer's wife. The family eventually settled at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills in 1975. During the 30 odd years in the Adelaide Hills Barbara was heavily involved with the local Historical Society which she joined in 1978. She also helped Brian with the rededication of the Jimmy Melrose Memorial located in the Stirling Oval. Barbara and Brian were also involved with the local Catholic Parish where she was a dedicated parishioner. Barbara was truly a heroic figure -- a very generous person with a very strong religious commitment and a fierce determination to look after and help those less privileged. Barbara loved gardening and spent many long hours in the garden at their property "Binnowee" in Branch Road, Stirling. While serving with the Red Cross in Germany post WW II Barbara saw firsthand the misery and suffering armed conflict can cause. As Nicolas, her brother relates "She was horrified by what she saw in the concentration camps, and I think her memories coloured her own perception of suffering in declining to have her leg ulcers properly treated in later life -- she thought her own pain of no comparison." This period of her life also cemented her great compassion and understanding for the plight of those less fortunate than herself; something she showed throughout her life. Great compassion Barbara Hanafin February 19, 1918 -- April 24, 2010 Life of service Francis Joseph Kelly June 15, 1916 -- May 27, 2010 Frank Kelly was born in Broken Hill to Joseph and Maggie Kelly. He was raised on a dairy farm in Booborowie in the Mid North where he completed his junior schooling and then moved to Adelaide after winning a scholarship to Woodville High. On finishing high school he returned to his parents' farm and became involved in football, tennis and cricket in the community. When war was declared he immediately joined up with the Royal Australian Air Force, proudly wearing the uniform of the Blue Orchid. He served in the battle of the Coral Sea as a Flight Sergeant and spent six years in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. He would share stories with his grandchildren and was constantly tapping out dit-dit-dah on the kitchen table trying to teach them Morse code. But he impressed on them that there was nothing glamorous about war. On return to civilian life he took up the trade of painting and decorating. He was catapulted suddenly, in the late 1950s, from a tradesman to the position of State Secretary for the Painters & Decorators' Union. Although he did not seek this position, he was highly respected and known for his fairness and dedication to his many valued members as he strove to protect them from exploitation and gain them fair working conditions. He was the longest serving trade union secretary at the time of his retirement. He fought tirelessly for many years to keep Communism from controlling the trade union. Frank always said the greatest gift he was given was his gift of faith. For this he thanked his parents who nurtured this deep faith in him and in his sister Dorothy and brother Alec. Whenever possible his day would start with Mass and the Blessed Sacrament. The other great gift to him was his family. He met the love of his life, Aileen Thalbourne, whom he married in 1956. They had three daughters, Anne, Jane and Jacqueline and his eight grandchildren were his pride and joy. Frank joined the St Vincent de Paul Society in1946 at the Edwardstown Conference and moved to the Seacombe Gardens Conference when it was formed. His humility was evident in the work he did in caring for those less fortunate than himself. When invited to Government House to receive a certificate of thanks from the Society his comment was: "I don't need to go there. I have been there before and I don't want any fuss." He also joined the Knights of the Southern Cross and was involved in various parish work, including the parish counting team which he was still doing up until the last week of his life. Frank always saw the good in people and never maligned anyone. He was a man for all generations and always positive and cheerful; his sharp and youthful mind belied his age. The week before going into hospital he was at the shopping centre researching lap tops. 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