Unley Publications : Unley Life Summer 2015
UNLEYLIFE 17 Honoured he’s one of ours Mr John Ayliffe of Kings Park, has had quite a life. This humble, fun loving man was recently one of nine South Australian Second World War veterans to be honoured with France’s prestigious Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur (Legion of Honour) at an official ceremony in July, 2015. At 95 years old, Mr Ayliffe is visited regularly by his neighbours who love to hear stories of his amazing life. And after spending just a few moments with him, it is easy to see why he is such a treasured member of the community. Proudly displaying the Ayliffe Family Tree, Mr Ayliffe admits he has been puzzled by all the attention he has received and whilst he cer tainly isn’t seeking notoriety, he has been ex tremely honoured by it all. Mr Ayliffe says that the Second World War was a terrible thing, but good for him because he was, in his words, “a shy young bloke, who had never driven a car and was a bit of a loner”. T he opportunity led Mr Ayliffe to the air force where he was classified to train as a pilot. During this time, he was lucky enough to be chosen to complete the rest of his training in Canada, where he jokes that he saw more of Canada in 13 months than most Canadians ever did. In the back of his mind, Mr Ayliffe regularly thinks about how lucky he really is. He spoke of his squadron during his operational career and how they had lost 48 men, almost half of those there. Mr Ayliffe says it came down to five per cent skill and 95 per cent luck. Truly grateful for all the help he has around him, when asked what he would say if he could say just one thing to the people of the world, Mr Ayliffe paused for a moment and to paraphrase replied, “ if people could be welcome and good to each other, instead of being nasty, the world would be a better place.” Wendy and Damien Murray have been in the business of sewing machines for years. Wendy says it was a simple decision to take over the family business, All Make Sewing, from her parents Heinz and Margrit Leuenberger in 2010. “ We wanted to get involved in the family business because we know that with every customer interaction we have, we can genuinely give of ourselves and act with integrity,” she says. Her parents had owned the store since 1984, but it’s been in operation since 1956. She remembers spending much of her childhood at the shop. “I used to chat with the mechanics while they worked, made up my own pattern for ugg boots and sewed lots of projects in my holidays at the shop while my parents worked,” she says. “I’ve worked at the shop every Saturday since I was 12 years old, so taking the phones and helping customers is something I have done for 22 years.” Wendy says she and her husband recently renovated the shop. “ We took a leap of faith in November last year and renovated the shop to give it a more open plan feel, so customers can see the technicians working on machines that are being serviced and repaired,” she says. Wendy says sewing is coming back into fashion, after skipping a generation. “ We see lots of teenagers wanting to upcycle clothes from op-shops and their grandparents teaching them how to,” she says. Business sew gifted John Ayliffe. Wendy and Damien Murray.
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