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Manny’s birthday book – October 15

October 15, 2011

Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for ChildrenMy grandmother, who I called Manny, had a birthday book.  I’m posting the entries throughout the year, as they appear.

From Manny’s Birthday Book:  October 15th – Kath

Why does she cry, this dear little trot?

And why does she suck her thumb?

It cannot be sweet – it is horrid to eat;

So instead, let us give her a plum.

Kath entered her own name in Manny’s book.  Unlike some of the entries for living people, I have not obscured her surname.  She simply entered ‘Kath’.

Kath was Kathleen Ada Doyle, who married Manny’s brother, John Alexander ‘Jack’ McLeod in 1934 (1934/17WA).

Kath was born in 1913 in Boulder, Western Australia (1913/458WA).  You can see her in the header – she is second from the right, behind Manny in the wedding photo.

Kath died in Esperance, Western Australia on 2 September 1975, aged 61 years and was cremated and her ashes dispersed at Karrakatta.

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