Molly Helped to Keep Tweed in High Street Style

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Byline: LOOKING BACK Di Millar

TWEED Heads' new police sergeant John Thomas O'Sullivan arrived in the town with his wife Mary and family in 1933.

At his first public appearance in the Tweed Heads police court on Tuesday, September 26, Sgt O'Sullivan, along with the new police magistrate Mr H Hawkins, was extended a welcome by Tweed Heads solicitor Mr Charles Champion representing the legal profession.

Local justices of the peace, comprised of farmer William Peard, agent Reg Mitchell, insurance agent Albert Davey, bank manager Athol Dane, storekeeper Charles Morley of Morley's Emporium and his son William Morley, who worked as a chemist's assistant in his father's business, all extended a warm welcome to the newcomer.

The O'Sullivan family was quickly involved in local community affairs. A boy scouts group known as the First Tweed Heads Group was formed in February 1936 at a meeting convened by Sgt O'Sullivan. Mr Charles Morley chaired the meeting at which Anglican minister Rev Hopwood Evans was quick to state that it was a splendid thing to see the police fostering the scout movement.

As convener of the meeting Sgt O'Sullivan explained its purpose and said the NSW Police Commissioner had instructed the police to assist the scout movement. He nominated Mr J A Marshall as scoutmaster and the nomination was seconded and carried unanimously. Mr Morley was elected vice-president of the new organisation and Sgt O'Sullivan a member of the executive committee.

In July 1938 Miss Mary Clare O'Sullivan, who was affectionately known as Molly, was one of three debutantes who were presented to Mr Charles Morley, chairman of the Tweed Heads Urban Area Committee and Mrs Morley by matron of honour Mrs McAllister at the annual Tweed Heads Convent Ball held in the Empire Dance Palais. The two other debutantes were Doris Boyd and Marion Prindable.

The year before Molly had commenced work at Morleys Emporium as a junior shop assistant in the store's drapery department.

Over the ensuing years Molly gained experience in almost every department covering the needs of the local women and became a friendly familiar face behind the counter. …