Friday, June 8, 2007


The next LGDVC meeting will be held on Tuesday June 19.In keeping with International Refugee Week we will be welcoming Colin McPhedran as our speaker who is the author of "White Butterflies"This is expected to be another “sellout” luncheon so book your place early with Kerry on 6238 0603 asap and at the latest by Thursday 14 June. Colin is a remarkably peaceful and tranquil man who has a heart wrenching life story, detailed below. Colin's book is currently being made into a movie to be released in the not too distant future.


DATE: Tuesday 19 June
TIME: 11.30 for a 12.00 start
COST: $21
RSVP: Kerry on 6238 0603 by Thursday 14 June

White Butterflies
by McPhedran, Colin (2002), 240pp., ISBN 1 74076 017 4.
AUD$27.23 (Including GST: AUD$29.95) (softcover)
"My father, Colin McPhedran, arrived in Australia alone half a century ago, aged 20, with nothing. His extraordinary journey had taken him from his birthplace in Burma along one of the world's deadliest refugee trails to India, then to Britain and on to Bowral in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, which became his home.
White Butterflies is his autobiography. It is an inspiring and candid account of a young boy's wartime struggle for survival, his journey to manhood and the characters and dark secrets he encountered during his quest for a place in the world. As the children of a 'new Australian', we knew nothing of Dad's early life or his epic trek until he prepared to return to Burma for the first time in 1982. Only then did he begin to tell the moving story of his boyhood adventures.
"He does not dwell on the past. Yet whenever he is asked how he would describe himself, Dad always shrugs lightly and says, 'I am a refugee. That's what I am.'"

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