Albert Geoffrey McElhinney was born to Ethel Mary Park (1898-1978) and William Albert McElhinney. Albert, called by his middle name "Geoffrey" was born at Mont Albert Road Surry Hills
Victoria on the 20th December 1922 just 9 months after his parent's wedding. The family lived in Surry Hills from 1922-1939
Geoffrey had two surviving grandparents, Richard, his mother's father and Georgina, his father's mother. He also had his Great Aunt Anne, (born 1856), who lived with them until her death in 1933 agaed 76.
Went to Box Hill grammar School where Geoff excelled in running. He was forst in the under 9s and under 11 athletics
1) Geoff aged 5years 9months with his grandmother (father's mother) Georgina McElhinny.
2) Mother, Ethel Mary, and sons
|Geoff's mother wrote on the back of this photo that they moved into this home and both children born here at Mont Albert Road, Surrey Hills|
championships. He was also 2nd scholastically in his form at age 9 and gained a School work prize in form 3 (1931)
Picture left: Geoff with younger brother Julian (Dick), his grandfather Richard Park and Richards sister Anne Park (who helped raise Richards children after his wife Mary died)
|Geoff McElhunney Form 4 - 1st
With Mother and little brother Julian. 2) with Father, William Albert. 3) with his brother Dick and their grandfather.
Geoff was a boy scout- undoubtedly his father approved.
Geoff found the music he played while sitting around the campfire as a scout was what he wanted to write and sing about as a career.
Geoff's father goes to Japan. Leaves with Mr C.A Colebrook on the 2/12/1932 from Sydney on the Kamo Maru. Sends back many postcards of his
trip which are still in the family.
At a new school Camberwell Grammar Mont Albert Road.
Still excelling at annual school sports events.