True Friends


Laura's Autograph Book – c. 1910, Melbourne Australia

Laura’s Autograph Book – c. 1910, Australia

True friends are like diamonds
Precious & rare.
False friends like autumn leaves,
Found everywhere.

Ivaleen F Phillis

I don’t think I have ever come across the name Ivaleen before! A variant of Ivy or a feminine form of Ivor? I really quite like it a lot. I might file that one away as a character name in one of my unfinished stories!
A quick search in Trove tells me she could be from South Australia, where on January 13th 1923 an Ivaleen Francis Phillis married Kenneth Andrews. If this is the same Ivaleen, she would have been 17 or 18 years of age when she wrote in Laura’s autograph book. I love her handwriting. It looks so freshly written in pen and ink.

Did you have an autograph book when you were younger? Do you still have it?

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