Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Joy Reuniting 40 Years On

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Joy Reuniting 40 Years On

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Erin Smith


MALAYSIAN Teng Huat Ng who now goes by the name C[pounds sterling]FelixC[yen] had two objectives for his first trip to Australia, C[pounds sterling]see the placesC[yen] and find Yangan resident Pam Albury, only the second part was easier said than done.

The two first met in 1970; Ms Albury (who was then Mrs Mcguin) had followed her then husband Michael, who was involved in the Royal Australian Airforce, to Malaysia in 1970 and took on a role at the Salvation Army Boys Home on Penang Island.

Mr Ng was an orphan who grew up in the home and moved in with Ms Albury and her family when he became too old for the school.

C[pounds sterling]She was very helpful,C[yen] Mr Ng said.

C[pounds sterling]She taught us how to swim and speak English.C[yen]

For three years she continued to work at the home before moving back to Australia. Mr Ng did not stay in Penang either, moving to Kuala Lumpur.

A group of boys from the school and Ms Albury kept in contact for a few years, but one thing led to another and communications broke down.

Over the next 40 years a lot changed. Ms Albury's marriage broke-up and she moved from Tarragindi, to Esk and then to Yangan.

In Malaysia Mr Ng worked his way up to being a manager of a steakhouse.

Three years ago he retired and this month he and four others from the boys home travelled to Australia.

C[pounds sterling]We went to Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]When we where in Melbourne I asked a tour guide if they had heard of Tarragindi and they said it was a small suburb in Brisbane.

C[pounds sterling]I told her how I knew her name, but didn't know Pam's address and the tour guide said to try the electoral roll.C[yen]

When Mr Ng arrived in Brisbane all he could think about was finding Pam.

C[pounds sterling]We went to the electoral office in Mary St and started looking for an address. …

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