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A Romance on Byrock Station (23 December 2014)

contributed by ChristineBarker
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My father worked on Byrock Station in the 40's /30's. His name was William Mark Roper 'Bill'. He met my mother there: her name was Marjory Joy Smith. It was love at first sight. He says when he rode in at dusk he saw her in the door way and said to himself, 'That's the woman I'm going to marry". Joy who was 17, always said she saw Dad ride in and said to herself, 'That's the man I'm going to marry'. Dad was already engaged to a nurse in the township. He must have had to break it off. I don't know which town. However, Joy and 'Bill' married and there was no couple quite like them. Everyone who knew them said they were made for each other. They remained married until Dad died in the early 1980s. Mum lived until 2014 and died at 90 years. She had some chances but did not remarry. RIP Christine.

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