Bill Maxwell is guardian of his family’s war history

He treasures his collection of letters, photographs, documents, which all provide an insight into Bonnie Doon’s war effort

TREASURED KEEPSAKES: Bill Maxwell holds the letter written home by his uncle John Michael Kennedy (inset), surrounded by the war history of the family. PHOTOS: Wendy Hunt/inset courtesy Bill Maxwell

If you ask Bill Maxwell how long he has lived in Bonnie Doon, he will answer “I don’t know – I haven’t finished yet”.

To date, though, he will agree that he has lived there for 82 years.

He is the last person around Doon to have done all his schooling there, when the school was where the caravan park is now.

“They were the days of the razor strop if you misbehaved,” Bill recalls.

In his mind’s eye, he can see the bustling railway station, the boom gates and the railwayman who manned them.

Many of the buildings that Bill remembers are long gone, covered by the waters of Lake Eildon.

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