Beautiful young Welsh immigrant to Sydney from so long ago – Irwynne didn’t speak a word of English upon disembarking in Sydney Harbour before the iconic bridge had even been designed. As a young woman she was advised by her adoptive Aunt to give away ideas of pursuing a career in teaching because she was too stupid. Stupid Aunt. “Eaaaarr-winnnn”, as she loved me to call her (long story – relating to Robyn’s immigrant Scottish Dad) will be long remembered for her generosity and wisdom, always served with a dash of cheek.Beloved by many, and missed already.
Below, if the video works, My daughter Jo asked Irwynne to recite a poem from her childhood. She loved everything from Suess to Dickens, and Harry Potter to the Lord of the Rings – and taught Jo to appreciate those things too. She was also a raving fan of Pink Floyd, Zeplin, and most cool music of the 60’s and 70s.
My two and a half days in Australia were really great – the funeral service was wonderful. It was great timing to catch up with family, friends, and work-mates.