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Barry Ronald Dudley

31st October 1936 - 12th November 2018


Barry Ronald DUDLEY the 2nd child of Philip Henry and Florence May DUDLEY was born on 31st October 1936 in Toowoomba, Queensland. Shortly after he was born, the family move back to Brisbane.

 He started school in 1942 at the age of five and attended the Ithaca Creek State School in the Brisbane suburb of Paddington. Not long after he commenced school he had to leave due to the treat of aircraft bombing or possible invasion by the Japanese during the 2nd World War. The government of the day decided children had to be a minimum age of 6 years to attend school. Restarting school at

Ithaca Creek again the following year, he also attended school at Cribb Island after the family moved there in the later part of the war years. Barry never excelled at school and left early and soon after started an apprenticeship as a Boiler Maker. He worked for Sergeants Engineering and Evans Deakin's Engineering for many years

In the mid 1950s Barry met Marilyn Annetta GRELLER, originally from Bundaberg, Queensland; she lived in the inner Brisbane suburb of Petrie Terrance. Marilyn worked for the Queensland Government with the treasury department in Brisbane. They were married on 26th April 1956. Soon after they married Barry and Marilyn purchased a home at 22 Brindle Street, Paddington Brisbane. Also, in the late 1950s Barry was called up to do compulsory Military service in the National Service Scheme.

1719434 Private Barry Ronald DUDLEY, served as a driver in the Royal Australian Army Services Corps. After completing his compulsory service Barry served on with the Citizen Military Force for a few years.

 Barry and Marilyn's first child, Steve Ronald DUDLEY was born on 28th June 1961. Their second child Michael John DUDLEY was born on 30th April 1964. Both Steven and Michael attended the Ithaca Creek State School, as had their father, during their early school years.

 In 1967 Marilyn was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and had a mastectomy in 1968. She also had radiation and chemo therapy. Remission followed after this treatment for several years.

 In 1971 Barry and Marilyn moved the family to the Brisbane suburb of The Gap, living in a highset brick home at 160 Payne Road. Also during the late 1960s and early 70s Barry formed a private company with a partner, Alfred Murray, called D and M Steel Fabrications. The company was located for many years at Newman Road, Geebung Brisbane.

 In 1972 Marilyn had a relapse and suffered a return of Cancer. She finally lost her fight with the dreaded decease on 22 July 1973 in the Royal Brisbane Hospital. She was cremated a few days later and her ashes interned at the Albany Creek Crematorium in Brisbane.

 The following year in November 1974, Barry remarried Virginia Ellen ORR born 4 October 1940. Shortly after this Barry sold his share in D and M Steel Fabrications to his partner Alf Murray and in 1975 relocated the family to the Stanthorpe Queensland District. On first arriving in the district Barry and Virginia rented a home on a sheep grazing station called 'Marylands' which was owner by the Greenup family. Marylands is located just inside NSW at the junction of Thulimbah and Marylands Roads. Whilst living at this property Barry was involved a single vehicle traffic accident whilst travelling home one night from work, along the dirt road leading from the township of the Summit. Barry was lucky and only suffered minor injuries, including a large cut on his head, but the car was written off after it collided with a tree during the accident.

 In mid 1975 Barry and Virginia moved to the township of Stanthorpe living at 15 Denham Street. During this time Barry worked for a Saw Mill at the Summit and also at the Summit Bowls club as a Barman. On 03 November 1975, their only son Shane Thomas DUDLEY was born in the Stanthorpe Hospital. Virginia had a difficult pregnancy and delivery which require a number of post birth operations.

 In early 1976, Stanthorpe suffered a major flooding event. The home at 15 Denham Street was flooded with over 2 foot of water inundating the property. Barry and his oldest son Steven managed to move most of the family's positions above the water line but some items were lost, overall however the family was lucky.

 In late 1976 the family moved back to Brisbane when Barry and Steven, now having left school, had difficulty finding work. On arrival in Brisbane Barry and Virginia rented a home at 109 Whitmore Street Taringa. In mid to late 1977 the family again moved this time to 410 Watson Road, Acacia Ridge on Brisbane's Southside.

 During the 1980s Barry and Virginia had marriage difficulties and separated in the late 1980s. Barry worked in North Queensland during some of this time before moving back to Brisbane and living first in a Caravan then in a small apartment in Acacia Ridge. For some of this time his son Shane Thomas lived with him.

 In the late 1990s Barry retired and move to Tenterfield NSW. He lived at 5/107 Logan Street for many years.

 Barry passed away peacefully, with family by his side, on 12th November 2018, in the Tenterfield Community Hospital. He is buried at the Tenterfield Cemetery.   



The last photo of Barry is of him holding hands with his cousin Lisa Mitchell 11 Nov 18 - Tenterfield Community Hospital.


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