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Name: BIRDSEY, Mavis Alice 'Maisie', Miss

Nee: dau of Percival Birdsey, sister of Agnes, Albert and Cecil Birdsey

Birth Date: 13 Apr 1903

Death Date: 16 July 1987 Ballina, NSW, Australia

First Date: 1909

Profession: Wrote an unpublished book about their early experiences in Kenya (given to Bodleian Library, Oxford)

Area: Eldoret, Mombasa

Married: In Eldoret 1926 Francis Bertram Leete (1896-1986)

Children: Neville; Dennis; Michael

Book Reference: Curtis, Nicholls, Gillett, EAWL, Mrs R. Bullingham

General Information:

Nicholls - Mavis Birdsey's family lived 18 miles beyond Eldoret before WW1, next door to the Van Rensburgs and to Herbert Wreford Smith, formerly the Birdseys' neighbour in South Africa. ………… Agnes Birdsey, the older sister, taught Mavis and the neighbour's children in a farm school.
Curtis - p. 93 - extracts from 'Sigh Softly, African Winds' by Mavis Birdsey

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