|And a little mystery has been solved!!
What I wrote
in early June 2004
I have to believe that
Woody was a pal of Master Trebilco, and that he was returning to Australia
from ... where? ... England?
Perhaps he and his family were emigrating, and young Trevor had reached
Melbourne first. We'll probably never know as the stamp dates this
postcard prior to 1937.
What I received on
30 July 2004
Peter Trebilco phoned me today
to confirm that he is the "Master Trebilco" of the postcard published
on your site. He is an old friend of a cousin of Sylvia, my wife, and
now lives in Sydney. He has been in Europe for some months, hence the
delay in telling you this.
Peter tells me that Woody who sent the postcard was his great-aunt, Ethel
Mary Woodcock, who was known as "Woody" to all. She was born around
1875 which would put her in her fifties when the card was sent.
Apparently she was unmarried, a great traveller and something of a
Stretching coincidence even
further: When I first rang our cousin, Jonothan, who lives in the Blue
Mountains about the postcard he answered from Peter Trebilco’s home
where he was house-sitting while Peter was abroad! He had had his
phone calls diverted there.
Thanks again for your ‘Tiki
site, it has given me much pleasure, not least hearing from an old
shipmate, David Webber.
Please note that I have resisted
the temptation to talk about a "small world."
A Final comment: This
is an amazing tale not least because the postcard itself is
approaching 67 years of age. In addition, the card was mailed in
Jamaica to a correspondent in Australia, yet was purchased by me from
a US seller. Now ~ if only the card could tell the tale of its