House debates

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Statements by Members

Parsons, Mrs Barbara

1:45 pm

Photo of Libby CokerLibby Coker (Corangamite, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

I rise to honour a formidable and impressive member of my community. Today, Barbara Parsons of Ocean Grove has reached a very significant milestone: she turns 100. In 1944, Barbara met pilot Boz Parsons while he was on leave from service, flying bombers out of the NT. She was working as a physio with the Royal Australian Air Force at the time and served her country with distinction. They became pen pals and in 1947 they married. Boz told Women's Day the minute he saw Barbara, he knew she was the one. It is a true story of romance which endures to this day. Barbara and Boz, who is 102—not out himself—will soon celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary. Their enduring love for one another is an inspiration to us all. On behalf of the deputy Labor leader and myself, I want to wish Barbara Parsons a very happy 100th birthday.


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