|Captain Andre Kella (Courtesy: Judy Bercene)|
|Map of New Guinea showing the Bismarck Archipelago|
|Sheila (on the left) as a bridesmaid aged 21 in August 1936 (Courtesy Judy Bercene)|
|Sheila Haynes as a Bidesmaid in 1936 (Courtesy: Judy Bercene)|
|Front of SJAA Medallion (Courtesy: Judy Bercene)|
|Reverse of SJAA medallion with Sheila's name engraved (Courtesy: Judy Bercene)|
|Pat Cullinan's Police ID Card (Courtesy Judy Bercene)|
|Pat Cullinan's Police ID Card dated Sept. 1939 (Courtesy Judy Bercene)|
Patrick and Sheila were married in Camp on 11th August 1945 shortly before liberation. Sheila's wedding ring had been fashioned out of a silver coin.
Barbara Anslow recalls the wedding in her diary:
"they were married in the American Block in two rooms that had been occupied by the Barton family. Father Bernard Meyer officiated. Mr Joyce was Best Man, and Sheila was given away by Quentin Mcfayden. Pat looked nervous but Sheila most serene in her dark blue taffeta dress. Others present at the reception in the afternoon were Hugh Goldie, Miss Paterson, Rosaleen Millar and Eileen Grant. At the reception in the afternoon Mrs Kella was there, Mr & Mrs Barton and Marie Paterson". (Barbara Redwood's Diary Aug 1945)
Sheila and Patrick returned to Australia after liberation. Patrick was originally planning to return to England to introduce his new bride to his family. The photograph below may have been taken in 1946 or at least in happier times when they enjoyed a brief period together before fate intervened again.
|Pat Cullinan & Sheila Haynes in happier times (Courtesy Judy Bercene)|
"It is very interesting to read about Sheila Haynes and Pat Cullinan, as I was friends with both of them, especially Sheila; she and I met up with each other almost every day in Stanley as both of us were involved in R.Catholic events, especially with the R.C. youngsters. I attended their wedding early on the morning of 11th August 1945" (Barbara Anslow)
Andre Kella had also been ill during his time in Camp and never really recovered. He must have been too ill to attend Sheila's wedding as he is not mentioned as being among the guests and Barbara mentions in her diary that Quentin McFayden gave the bride away - a role that Andre would have done but for ill health. When liberation came shortly after the wedding he was repatriated on the Hospital Ship Oxfordshire arriving in Sydney on 22nd Sept. 1945. Andre was admitted to the Royal Naval Hospital at Herne Bay but sadly he never fully recovered from the privations and illness that he had suffered from during his time in Stanley Camp and he passed away aged sixty in January 1946. He was given a Naval funeral in recognition of his service.
After returning to Australia in 1949 Sheila and her Aunt Ethel now both widowed settled in New South Wales. Sheila returned to work as a stenographer/typist working for the Dept. of Defence (Army) in Paddington, NSW. She married again in 1968 to Thomas (Tom) Conway. They enjoyed twenty years together until he passed away in 1989 leaving Sheila a widow once again. Ethel had passed away in 1970. After retiring from the Dept. of Defence Sheila continued to be very active with charity work especially with St Vincent de Paul Society in Paddington in recognition of which she was awarded the BEM. Through out her life she had been popular, devout and always doing things for other people. She passed away aged 78 in August 1993.
Andre, Ethel, Sheila and Pat found themselves caught up in a short but brutal war in Hong Kong. Then incarcerated for three and half long years in a Japanese concentration camp. They survived and made it home, although Andre and Pat never really recovered with Andre passing away in January 1946 and Patrick still young, passing away aged thirty-four in May 1947.
|Ethel Kella & Sheila Haynes (1937) - (Courtesy of Judy Bercene)|
|On Repulse Bay Beach in the background the Lido, and what I think is the Dairy Farm Kiosk. Ethel standing on left and Sheila kneeling on right. (Courtesy of Judy Bercene)|
|Sheila as a Bridesmaid in 1936 (Courtesy: Judy Bercene)|
|Sheila Haynes and Norman Stockton's mother at Kai Tak in 1936|
(Courtesy Judy Bercene)
|Sheila's 21st Cocktail party. Ethel and Andre seated middle row on left and John Luke seated on floor (right)|
(Courtesy: Judy Bercene)
|Sheila in 1937 (Courtesy: Judy Haynes)|
|Sheila Haynes aged nineteen with Norman Stockton in 1934|
(Courtesy: Judy Bercene)
|Sheila Haynes seated in Chatham Road (1939)|
(Courtesy: Judy Bercene)
Judy Bercene and the family are donating a number of documents and artifacts to the Heritage Gallery museum at St Stephens College, Stanley which is located in Bungalow 'A' which was one of the original bungalows which housed up to 50 internees in a building that was originally designed for one family. I believe (and this needs verification) that this bungalow was the home of Dr George William Pope and family immediately before the war. Assuming this is correct it was the Battalion HQ for the Royal Rifles of Canada during the fighting at Stanley.
Here are photos of some of these items :
This is a self crafted notebook belonging to Sheila presumably for her appointments in Camp . She was a popular person and was involved in a lot of things going on at Stanley Camp through the Catholic Church and putting on shows like "Peter Pan". The page shows her appointments/engagements for January 1945.
Ian Highet was an employee of the Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corporation. He was interned at Stanley Block 8 Room 4. They are drawn in pencil and were apparently drawn in December 1945. Highet was repatriated on the Hospital Ship Oxfordshire together with Andre Kella and Pat Cullinan.
Post Card from F H Kelly to Sheila Haynes dated 12 July 1943
Frederick Henry James Kelly was a Police Officer interned at Stanley. He made this postcard look like one sent in to camp. Mail and postcards were treasured things for the internees. It's dated 12th July 1943 being Sheila's 28th birthday. Fred Kelly's diary is held at the Imperial War Museum, London. The diary is addressed and written to his wife Ruby who had been evacuated to Australia in June 1940. The diary ends in November 1943. Fred Kelly was Secretary of the Catholic Action Group and a member of the choir together with his room mates Charles Mottram and Claude Byron
Wedding wishes from Elizabeth Archer to Sheila Haynes dated 11th Aug 1945
Mrs Elizabeth Ellen Archer was a Nursing sister billeted at the Hospital (Tweed Bay) at Stanley. I believe she was a retired British nurse looking after the children in the Ho Tung family residence immediately before the war. She writes in pencil "with warmest and sincerest wishes for your happiness" and is date 11th August 1945 being the day of Sheila's wedding to Patrick Cullinan.