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from 9 June 1936, the Argus p17
Hard Work, Plain Fare, No Smoking
Two of the oldest residents of North Fitzroy, Mr. and Mrs. Ferrar Phillips, of Brunswick street, will celebrate their diamond wedding on Friday. For more than half a century Mr. Phillips has treated horses.
Although he and his wife are aged more than 80 years, he will harness his smart trotter into a buggy on Sunday and drive to Church of Christ at Gillies street, Fairfield, as he has done every Sunday since the church was founded.
Mrs. Phillips was brought from Sydney as a baby in 1854, and she has never since left Melbourne. She remembers the last of the blackfellows' camps In the hilly country which is now Heidelberg.
Mr. Phillips's memory takes him back to the village of Duddington, in the county of Northamptonshire. He was born there in 1843. The year before the Franco-Prusslan war he sailed for Australia.
He became a butcher, and has had shops at Collingwood, Alphington, and North Fiztroy He also acquired a specialised knowledge of horses, and has achieved a reputation for treatment of their ailments.
Mr and Mrs Phillips attribute their long life and good health to "plenty of hard work, good plain food, no smoking, and no drinking"
(Picture on back page.)
Submitted on 28th May 2019 at 09:52 AM
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