Friday, September 29, 2006

Girls in ‘fishing bottoms’

This was the first picture I could find of my darling sister, Rachel – whose birthday it is today.
She’s the one in the middle and it was she who coined the phrase ‘fishing bottoms’ for swimsuits. I’m the one on the left and Vanessa Knox-Mawer, my best friend and daughter of the Supreme Judge in Fiji at the time, is the one on the right. We often used to troop up to the court house after school and peek through the open side doors to have a giggle at Vanessa’s father presiding in his costume and wig.

Happy birthday, Rachel.


Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

so did you know June Knox Mawer? She wrote some lovely books about Fiji, one describing travelling around including a visit to Cikobia Island. She was a friend of the late Adi Laisa Ganilau. Now, this was quite a long time ago when she was in Fiji.

9/29/2006 10:46 PM  
Anonymous rachel said...

Thank you for the lovely birthday card Julie.

I went to a lovely BBQ at Patrick & Jenny's last night. Although, Patrick wasn't on from as he had hurt his knee playing football.

Rachel XXX

9/30/2006 6:48 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Wendy, yes, she was Vanessa's mother and we often stayed at each other's houses. Ronnie Knox-Mawer also wrote some very enjoyable books.

I'm glad you had a good night out Rachel.

9/30/2006 6:10 PM  
Blogger moira said...

I was in the same class as Vanessa Knox-Mawer in St. Thomas Primary School, Lautoka, Fiji back in the 1960's. I also remember there was a Julie who became my friend while she was also attending the same school. Could this Julie be you? I'm afraid i cannot remember her surname.
The pic looks great by the way and you look quiet familiar to me.

3/28/2008 10:49 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Hi Moira. My surname was Hodson and I was in the same class. I can't remember your first name - but with a surname I might remember. Julie wasn't such a common name in those days so it probably was me.
Though we may not have overlapped as my dad was in the police and we moved around Fiji a lot so I went to St Thomas's twice (also having gone to primary school in Suva and Nadi). I was in the classroom below the nun's dormitory (class 1 I think) and then the downstairs classroom in the 2 storey building across the playground. I think Vanessa was in that one. Vanessa and I used to put on comic performances in the lunch shelter in the playground. She's an actress now!

3/28/2008 11:27 AM  
Blogger moira said...

Wow! I always wondered what became of you too girls. Now i will try to see every movie Vanessa is in. I was in both classrooms you mention. All 3 of us would have been in Class 4 together then with either Sr.? or Mrs. Gopi as our teacher. I hope you remember me as my name is Moira Yandall. I'm glad to have tracked you down.

3/29/2008 3:40 AM  
Blogger moira said...

Didn't Vanessa live next door to the Giblins home on Cakau Street in Waiyavi? I remember going there for one of her birthday parties. And did you live next to the Police Station in Lautoka? Surely you must remember Violet Pickering who was in our class and living down the road from Julies. The Giblins are my family and Joe Giblin (my cousin) was also in our class. Also by the way i have enjoyed looking through your sketches. Your photos from your mobile phone are just so awsome. What a great countryside you live in.


5/17/2008 8:28 AM  
Anonymous Pete Thomas said...

R u still in touch with Vanessa
Cant find a contact mail for her
She may or may not remember me from our time together at Rishworth and going to sailing club with Mr Robins
If you forward this on say Pete Thomas from Governors House says Hi.I can be contacted on

6/08/2010 11:55 PM  

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