We are honoured to share WWII veteran and Moran Kellyville resident Keith Fawberts’ story this ANZAC Day, April 25th, 2020.
Keith was born in December 1922, at his parent’s home in Fairfield, NSW. He was the youngest of five children. Keith says that he has no idea how he and his family survived through the great depression with little or no income. His Aunty Ada was a great support to them sending weekly parcels of food and clothes from Normanhurst to Fairfield by train.
Keith was called up for Army Service at the age of 18 in 1941 just after Australia declared war with Japan. He went to Orange (NSW) and joined the Armoured Regiment, then later the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, 25 Pounders and then 155mm Heavy Artillery.
A while later because of his pre-army trade as a photo lithographer he was drawn into a newly formed unit to do secret mapping from aerial photographs – operating in Queensland and New Guinea.
In 1943 when Keith was posted in Toowoomba, Queensland he met the love of his life Dorothy and they married after the war ended in 1945 and remained together for over 60 years.
Corporal Keith Owen Fawbert was discharged from the Australian Army on the 17<sup>th</sup> July 1945.
After purchasing their first home in 1946 in Merrylands West, he and Dorothy worked hard to pay off their mortgage with Keith returning to complete his unfinished apprenticeship. Once the apprenticeship was completed, he joined Cumberland County Council in Sydney’s Hyde Park and worked on the fifty-year master plan for Sydney and its surrounds.
He served In the 1950s as an Alderman on the Holroyd Municipal Council and in 1962 after living in Merrylands for 16 years Keith and Dorothy purchased a lease from the Lands Department for Mitchell Park at Cattai. They relocated and lived there as park proprietors, soon becoming parents to four children. In 1966 they built a new home adjacent to the park on five acres and happily lived there until 1988 when they took a sea change and relocated to Kiama where they lived for over 20 years.
Keith is now enjoying his twilight years at Moran Kellyville living close to his daughter Julie. He enjoys a very social lifestyle and is a keen participant at carpet bowls, happy hour, reading, bus trips and bingo.
<strong>If you would like to know more about Moran Aged Care please call and have a chat to Deanne on 1300 544 944, we have rooms available and can support you through the COVID-19 pandemic with respite to permanent care.</strong>