We were a co-educational farming community, in the days well before the mining of coal consumed the economics of the valley. 2nd Form went from 2A down to 2F in the days of academic streaming. Laurel was short, with dark curly hair, a trifle overweight. On a regular basis, we would egg-her-on to perform the finale from ‘Swan Lake’. We knew it was wrong, because we had ‘lookouts’ posted. It was hilarious, exciting ... until she commenced. Then it was unbearably mean. Laurel was a victim of group bullying. I suspect she may also have been mentally ill.
|L 1948, R 1968. In the left-hand image, Bee is in the background with her arms clasping the small boy. What a normal loving hold that is.|
Bee (or Bea) Miles was also mentally ill, although this is not mentioned in any of the reports I have read. Yes, yes, it is freely known that she spent upwards of two years in Gladesville Mental Hospital in the 1920s having been sectioned by her father because of her licentious behaviour. Her family had lived at St Ives. Bee had attended Abbotsleigh School for Girls. Her father was an accountant. For heaven’s sake!
However, prior to being incarcerated, Bee had endured encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, often a side effect of syphilis, although this is not mentioned in Bee’s case.
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