May 17, 2018 by admin
Operatic tragedy: June Brown as she was when she knew Mr Sutton, and (below) Ms Brown in 2009.
A NORTH coast widow is hoping Leader readers can help her find a long-lost love.
June Brown, 74, of Taree, is searching for her childhood sweetheart, Philip Sutton, previously of Read Street, Blakehurst.
The pair went to school together at St Bernards and Mount St Mary’s colleges in Katoomba in the early 1950s.
They wrote to each other for several years but lost contact around 1956.
Ms Brown has been searching for Mr Sutton for the past 15 years.
She has checked electoral rolls and run newspaper advertisements in the hope of finding him.
Armed with a name and an address, the Leader was able to uncover some information.
The house Mr Philip lived in with his parents was sold to the Masson family in 1961.
Dr Masson — a retired dentist — and his wife still live in the house, which the Suttons built on land bought for £60.
Dr Masson did not know the Suttons but was told by his next-door neighbour, Arthur Geoffrey Diment, that they sold the house with the intention of buying a business in Tingha, a small town on the NSW Northern Tablelands.
The Leader contacted the business owner, who hoped some of his elderly customers could provide more information.
A Tingha historian and other residents are also helping.
“I am 74 years young now and I would appreciate some help before it’s too late,” Ms Brown said.
“You know, I always loved that boy.”
Ms Brown trained as an opera singer and recorded songs for Mr Sutton atthe His Master’s Voice studio in Homebush.
It is these recordings that Ms Brown’s grandchildren in Sutherland Shire are hoping to locate.
“My grandchildren have been asking [me] for many years to find Philip and ask if I could get a copy of the old 78 [rpm records], so they hear what their granny sang like in those bygone days.
“I would love to do it for them, but I have searched for years without success.
“I just want to find him.”
Mr Sutton would now be aged 75 or 76.
As a young man, he was tall and lanky and had curly dark-brown hair.
His father was also named Philip.
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