Posted by wdmtgts on December 18, 2018 at 02:06:07 user wdmtgts.
In Reply to: Re: Nancy's Grandfather posted by Jon on December 17, 2018 at 04:20:08:
On the sailing-dinghy front, AR may have wanted to convey that Mrs. Walker was of good family but not massively wealthy (so sailing her better-off cousin's boat during time in Sydney). I like to think of AR writing the anecdote originally as 'my dinghy', then adding 'cousin's' for this reason.
And I wonder whether she met Lt Cdr Walker while sailing her cousin's boat? Naval officers to this day are often enthusiastic dinghy-sailors, and Lt Cdr Walker might well have gravitated to Sydney Yacht Club during time ashore. A British Naval friend of mine really did meet the Australian girl who became his wife at an event in Sydney (though I admit that I don't know whether it was sailing-related); and two other Naval friends met their wives through sailing.
All merry speculation!
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