The two surviving sisters of seven brothers who went to war, still grieve for the boys who never came home.
Neil Wilson reports.
Every birthday as ageing friends and family gather, Mary Coburn - nee Hutchins - shares the ocassion with a young man in uniform who disappeared from her life but not her dreams more than 60 years ago. As Mary can't help dream at night of her twin brother Fred, so her sister Myrtle thinks of their other brothers who went off to war - all seven of them - with only the two girls left to ache over the devastation to their family.
Birthdays before World War II on the Hutchins' fruit block, at Woorinen North, near Swan Hill were full of merriment and music. The brothers got out their mouth organs to join dad Henry on accordion for a singalong of favourites the men used to practice in their family band at the old soldiers hall.