Brian Watkyns

Eglin and Wells Families

The Wells and Eglin families played a major role in the life of Pinelands from the early years. Major Frank Wells moved into 12 Meadway in 1922.   Frank’s brother-in-law, Carl Eglin and family moved in next door at 10 Meadway in 1923.  The houses were named Wellesley and Caronel respectively.  WELLS FAMILY  Frank Wells, also known as Bolshie …

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Caring Pinelands

THE Brown & Annie Lawrence Home, for the aged, is the oldest retirement home in Pinelands. I was opened by HRH Princess Alice, the Countess of Athlone on 21st February 1930.   Mr Brown Lawrence was a successful businessman having set up the company B Lawrence and Co in 1901 dealing in soap, candles and as …

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Pinewood Theatre

The Pinewood Theatre was built by Forest Drive Investments as part of a complex on Forest Drive that included flats. The auditorium was large enough to contain 1000 seats, but to provide ample leg room only 788 seats were installed. The seats were on a sloping floor in a staggered arrangement to ensure clear view …

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