THIS WEEK IN 1972: Together again after global separation

Visiting his mother at Leigh Park after 25 years in Australia, Roy Hill is pictured with his mother at her home in Leigh Park.
Visiting his mother at Leigh Park after 25 years in Australia, Roy Hill is pictured with his mother at her home in Leigh Park.

Leigh Park grandmother, May Hill, was reunited with her son Roy after half the world separated them for 25 years. 

Roy, 50, emigrated to Australia in 1947 to get married. But he was back in England again with his wife Pat to visit relatives. 

After arriving in Southampton, he went straight to his mother's flat at Keats House.

‘It was a marvellous surprise to see him after all this time,’ said Mrs Hill.

As a former Portsmouth Royal Marine, Roy was to be in England for a year.

‘It’s nice to be back again, but how this area has changed,’ he said.

‘I could hardly recognise the place – it seems to have been turned into a bit of a concrete jungle.’

It certainly was a contrast to Roy’s home in the rural town of Mudgee, north-west of Sydney.