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A Long, Long Way

Nancy Standish (nee Reading 1913–1994)

‘Nancy, great-granddaughter of Henry, and much loved and indulged granddaughter of Edwin (Puppa) Reading was… the historian of the family and was elated when her researches unearthed Henry’s interest in beeswax. No such luck on her mother’s side, and she was disappointed similarly when she learnt after her marriage that all the early Standishes had been free settlers. At one stage she thought of reverting to her maiden name in order to maintain status’

- Geoffrey Reading, great-grandson of Henry Reading, in High Climbers (1989)

Nancy eloped at age 16. She used her Reading inheritance to buy land and build a home in Sydney’s leafy North Shore. Always head-strong, she insisted her long-suffering husband should pay her ‘rent’. The arrangement continued for the duration of their sixty year marriage.

Nancy at age 75, with great-granddaughter Madeleine Rose.  Inset, Nancy during the war years in Sydney, with her children Felicity and Peter.
Nancy at age 75, with great-granddaughter Madeleine Rose. Inset, Nancy during the war years in Sydney, with her children Felicity and Peter.

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