BERNARD HILLMAN


BERNARD HILLMAN


Eden St
Kempsey
Jan 1985

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“The year was 1915 and I was 12 years old. Everybody was in some way making some war effort. A little man came to our front door 9in Melbourne), he stood about 5ft high. He raised his hat and said to my mother “they won’t take me in the army because I’m too small, but this is my war effort.” He stood back and sang this song, after he’d sung it he told us he had written it and hand produced lyric and music sheets on a double sheet. He sold them for half a crown and all he collected went to the Red Cross. We bought a copy and sung it a wherever we went. A couple of school mates teamed up, one on violin and the other on a little organ, and they busked for the war effort. They became known as Kelly & Duffy. Modern people will miss something here – no mention of air force but this was too early. Point Cook air base was just beginning.”

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