My mother kept everything…and I mean everything. This used to be a source of great embarrassment, but now I am grateful.
Each week, I will upload something from Mum’s drawer – bits and pieces from Warrnambool’s past.
This week is a hand-signed Christmas note from the late Sir Fletcher Jones, given during the height of the Second World War.
Despite the rationing and hardships of the time, Sir Fletcher always made sure his staff still received a Christmas gift and a gift card.
This small card epitomises his famous generosity and respectful attitude toward staff who were treated as part of a big family, rather than as mere workers.
Like many of Sir Fletcher’s former employees, my Mum has long forgotten the gift, but never the gesture.