Unley Publications : Unley Life Spring 2014
UNLEYLIFE 27 The Unley community has lost a much-loved resident. Family man, Arthur Merrington Mullins, passed away in July this year at the age of 100. He loved his garden, had a lifelong interest in veteran cars and was known to be a great storyteller and friend. Mr Mullins, an engine man in the Air Force, married Noela af ter just six meetings. The wartime marriage was long and very happy. They returned to Parkside, shif ting from his childhood home to that of his grandmother’s next door. They had five children together - Peter, Iris, Noal, Carol and Alan. Sadly, Noela passed away in 1989. E xcept when travelling, Mr Mullins lived in his Parkside home his entire life. He even restored the car (a 1908 Darracq) that brought him home from hospital af ter he was born in 1914. His children say his family and friends were very important to him. “He was a great raconteur and loved to talk with people about his life, his travels, his family and the changes he had seen over his long life,” recall Peter and Iris. “He enter tained the Mayor when he visited for his 100th birthday with tales of the tarring of the roads in Parkside, the coming of electricity to their home, trams to Duthy Street (1917) and their replacement by buses in 1955, horse deliveries, the ice man, washing days with the copper and mangle. Dad loved telling and listening to stories, and would say: “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story”.” Mr Mullins was a par ticipant of the City of Unley ’s E xchanging Memories program. T he program helps facilitate and encourage frail aged in the local community to have a shared experience with a wonderful group of volunteers. Volunteer, Margaret Gregory, visited him regularly and assisted him to capture his thoughts, stories and memories. She came to know him, and his family, well. “ T he program reinforces that people’s memories are important,” says Margaret. “I found him to be a very interesting person who did many different things in his life.” For more information about the Exchanging Memories Program contact the City of Unley Community Care Program on 8 372 5144. A man who lived life with joy Your letterbox may never see another City of Unley Rates Notice. BPAY® and BPAY View ® are tr ademarks of BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Co ntact your Financial Institution for further infor mation and terms and conditions. Register for BPAY View and receive, pay and store your City of Unley Rates Notice in your online banking. For further information, visit bpay.com.au/bpayview Arthur Mullins with his first car, a 1912 Ford (left) and the 1908 Darracq that brought him home from hospital when he was born (right). Arthur Mullins in RAAF formal dress, 1940. Image courtesy of the Advertiser, Dean Martin photographer.
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