Happy 100th birthday Audrey!
Born in Broken Hill on September 29, 1923, Audrey (Snell or Brown nee Griffiths) was born to parents Harry and Jane Griffiths – the seventh child in a family of 11. As the only surviving siblings today, Audrey and her younger sister, Marj are inviting family and friends to celebrate this monumental occasion at an open house this Saturday.
Audrey’s family told us that although times were tough during the 1920s, Audrey had a happy childhood in Broken Hill, working in her Aunty Nell’s boarding house as a housemaid in her teen years and later at the Munitions Factory until she married Les Snell in 1943.
Together Les and Audrey had two children, Robert and Ann, but the couple parted in 1959 and Audrey went back to work at Broken Hill Hospital and later at Broken Hill High School in the domestic science department.
Following retirement, Audrey and partner Donald Brown moved to Melbourne but the soon-to-be centenarian still calls Broken Hill home with both Robert and Ann and their families remaining in the Silver City. Audrey’s Broken Hill family now extends to six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.
Back in the day, Audrey loved singing duets with her youngest brother and quite often entertained family and friends. She also liked going to the horse races dressed in her finest outfits, attending country dances and singalongs at the many outlying hotels, and loved dancing at the Old Palais and the Druids Hall.
Family and friends are invited to attend an open house to wish Audrey a happy 100th birthday on Saturday September 30 from midday at 242 Morgan St in Broken Hill.