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90 not out! Well done Jean and Marion

- February 11, 2013

Many happy returns to two alumni from The Infants' Home who have just about seen it all.

Jean kindly wears a name tag to make it easy. Pictured at The Infants' Home last year.

Two of The Infants’ Home’s earliest residents – Jean and Marion West – turn 90 on February 16.

Theirs is a remarkable story of resilience and courage.

Welcome to The Infants’ Home 1923

Left at The Infants’ Home as babies, the West twins never knew their mother.

The girls were placed at Ashfield by their father – on doctor's advice – following their mother’s death from septicaemia in 1923, a month after they were born.

Jean and Marion in 1926, aged 3.

During this time their father, a new migrant from Britain with no family in Australia, visited his girls regularly while he worked to establish a new home.

At six the twins were able to return to live with their newly married father, after many happy and loving years at The Infants’ Home.

Happy birthday 2013

Jean and Marion will celebrate with a large group of family and friends in Sydney.

The partygoers will include their children, grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

The twins are very proud to be associated with The Infants' Home and they continue their regular visits. They have many fond memories of their early years at Ashfield.

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