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Daphne Oriel BEGG (Granny Begg)
8th May 1922 – 21st April 2015
Daphne Oriel Begg was born in Lockhart on May 8th 1922 to Ivy Mary and Willie Edwin Haberecht who owned and operated the town’s electricity generating system.
The Haberecht family moved to Junee in 1928 when Willie purchased the local Soft Drink & Cordial factory which he renamed AVOR being the first two letters of his daughter’s names, Avrille and Oriel. Oriel started primary school this same year in Junee where her mother Mary was teaching. Daryl arrived several years later in 1933.
Oriel was confirmed at St Luke’s Church in June 1935, she also later became a Sunday school teacher.
In 1938 Oriel finished her secondary schooling at Wagga Wagga High School after achieving her Intermediate Certificate, as she was unable to continue her education due to the war and had to work in the AVOR factory with her father in Junee. All the factory male staff had answered the call for War service of the Empire. This action prevented Oriel’s ambition of becoming a Doctor.
In 1939 Oriel was presented to Lord & Lady Wakehurst, Governor of NSW at her debut in Wagga Wagga at the only Vice Regal Ball held outside of Sydney that year.
Oriels’ mother Mary was an active organiser in a number of the local service organisations including the Red Cross, CWA, and Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.
After the outbreak of the war Oriels’ mother Mary, joined the War Effort Concerts organised with the Junee Council. Oriel participated in many concerts, dancing, singing and playing the base guitar in a band.These concerts were held in the Athenium theatre owned by Robert Begg.
Bill & Mary Haberecht had the misfortune of their house being badly damaged by fire where now renting a house – 32 Belmore Street and as Robert lived in the Junee Hotel, invited Robert as their paying guest.
Landlord Haberecht became aware of the interest their eldest daughter, Hec (his nickname for her – after first seeing the new born – “Hec she is soooo small”) was developing for the new lodger. The parental solution to deter this interest was to send Hec for a holiday to her Aunty Ann Holloway in Brisbane.
This was an adventure for Oriel involving a train journey to Sydney, then board the coastal supply steamer SS Bonalbo to Brisbane, a 10 day trip. At Byron Bay, the ship’s journey was terminated and the ship returned to Sydney due to War activities in the Brisbane sea area. The passengers completed the journey by bus to Brisbane, a day’s journey.
Aunty Ann was a willing party to assisting the return rail journey of a very ‘homesick’ Hec to Junee unbeknown to her parents but with the assistance of Robert
Robert and Oriel were married in 1942
Robert’s experience of the depression years had a marked effect with its devastating impact on Australian society. Along with his community interests (also shared by Oriel) saw him serve on the Junee Municipal Council 1941 till 1947, and holding four terms as Mayor. This also made Oriel the youngest Mayoress, a record that is still current (2009).
After the war Robert developed the Roxanne Frock Salon into a chain from the Junee base to include Gundagai, Temora and Tumbarumba. Taking an initial interest in the start-up of 2WG with his friend Eric Roberts and his wife Nan who became Robert’s son John’s Godmother, and the AVOR factory Wagga.
In recognition of his civic contribution to Junee, the State Government, arranged for the official opening of the Junee Railway Roundhouse on his 44th birthday – September 29th. 1947. In the same year Robert received from the Commonwealth of Australia a citation award for his outstanding services on behalf of the First Victory Loan Campaign from Ben Chiefly – Treasurer
The family drove to the Annual Local Government Conference at Grafton, after which the family holidayed with Robert’s widowed mother who had retired to Lennox Head.
With the travel demands, for business – frequent business trips to Sydney Fashion Houses & Film Distributors, local Government duties, NSW/Federal Government Snowy Mountains Authority Committee duties, a young growing family, Robert was questioning the quality of their family life. Also Oriel’s family had moved from Junee, her father to Wagga, with mother Mary, Avrille and Daryl to Sydney, along with the Holloway, Haberecht and Oates families moved to Wagga & Sydney. And the devastating discovery of trusted staff reselling theater tickets, the decision was made to move.
Robert bought the “Ocean View” complex comprising 12 – 1 & 2 bedroom – flats, a Community Hall, street fronting shop type buildings, chicken pen, kitchen garden, camper’s ablution building, all on sea front land next to the “Reserve” opposite Alan W Jones General Store at the sea side village of Lennox Head, between Ballina & Byron Bay, on the far north coast of NSW, also known at the North East Corner of NSW.
The Begg family took up residence in 1951
Robert purchased a market garden – a family business! – on the Broken Head road to Byron Bay, established an Ice Distribution business, and a Fishing Tackle & Bait business, both of which were run by Oriel.
Oriel and Robert continued their community involvement with both holding offices in the Lennox Head Progress Association through the Tintenbar Shire Council, and North Creek Parents & Citizens Association.
The Lennox Head Progress Association was instrumental in having the National Electricity Grid extended to Lennox Head, the telephone exchange automated, and establishing plans for a town water supply. The committee organised an annual Summer Fair of Traveling Showmen with Horse O Plane rides and arcade stalls, NSW Ambulance Housie Housie (Bingo) on the “Reserve” with the overflow onto Begg’s Property next door, along Concerts, card evenings and dances in the Community Hall.
1956 saw the Begg family with one of the first TVs in the area and being shared with many locals through “TV nights” till the test pattern transmission began at 10:00pm.
The Begg family had increased by three, with daughters Bobbie (1951), Vicki (1954), and Laurie (1956) arriving.
Oriel was the region electoral contact for Members of Parliament – Mr. Larry Anthony (Liberal Party) and later his son Doug Anthony MP for Richmond and Mr. Jack Easter (Country Party) MP for Lismore. Oriel also held the position of the local reporter for The Northern Star newspaper and Radio station 2LM in Lismore for many years.
John joined The Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited at the Coffs Harbour Branch in 1960, and Maree joined Lismore TV station then moved to Sydney in 1964.1963 saw the last child arrive with the birth of Ian Robert.
In 1965 the smaller family (6) moved from Lennox Head to Wagga Wagga to become involved with AVOR factory as Willie had plans to retire, however two years later the AVOR factory closed and the Summerland Lane property sold to a developer. This same year also saw their mutual separation with Robert retiring to his house in Lord Street, Junee with his sister Marion until his death in 1971, and Oriel to 19 Norman Street Wagga Wagga to raise Ian and care for her father and Great Aunt Nona until their deaths.
During Oriels’ seniors’ years she was involved with The Boy Scouts, Wagga Wagga Foxtrot Dance Studios, where she proudly acquired the nickname of Granny Foxtrot and being awarded a Lifetime Membership badge which she proudly wore till her death. Oriel was an enthusiastic supporter of the Museum of the Riverina at Wagga, Kurrajong Waratah Association, and the local FM public broadcaster 2AAA-FM.
Oriel maintained her interest in Politics during her life and continued to be a loyal member and actively involved in the Liberal/National Party.
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