John (Jack) Burrows was born in 1920 to talented moulder John Burrows senior and his wife Maude. After his father secured a job with Forward Downs in Perth, the family, including Mr Burrows’ sister Margaret moved to Western Australia, settling in Murray Street. Education at Thomas Street Primary School and Perth Boys’ School was followed by an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner with Forward Downs, and wartime work at Ammo Factory, Welshpool, in the Second World War. Marriage to Mary in 1944 was followed by a very varied working life.
Listen to Jack speak of his work at the Ammunition Factory in Welshpool, competing with Americans for the Australian ladies, rationing, sandbagging, blackouts and air-raid shelters.
Photographs – donated to the City of Perth History Centre by Jack Burrows
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