Rex & Kathleen Swan

Rex Swan was born in South Hurstville in 1936 and Kathleen Clark was born in Wollongong in 1937. They met as young teenagers in Dapto and have been married for fifty-eight years. Rex’s family operated a local milk run for forty years and Kathleen grew up in Wongawilli where her father was an ostler for the Wongawilli Mine.

Together, Rex and Kathleen recall life in Dapto and Wongawilli and their courting days when Rex worked at Fairley’s and Kathleen at the local newsagency.  They had weekly reservations at the Regal picture show and went for regular drives and picnics.

Listen to Rex and Kathleen’s Interview

Rex and Kathleen’s audio interview can be downloaded here.

Rex and Kathleen’s interview transcript.


Swan Family – Agricultural Hall – Fairley’s – Newsagency – Mine Hostler – Wongawilli – Milk Delivery – Floods – St. Lukes

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Rex and Kathleen’s Photo Album