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Ex Brierley residents let us know where they are now and how they are keeping. So come on all you ex pats, don't just visit the site, write and let us know where you are now and how life's treating you.


The Hartley Family

22 July 2002


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Photograph  left is Pat Hartley celebrating his 72nd birthday in Oz. The photograph on the right shows Malcolm Hartley (John's cousin from Brierley) John's dad Pat and John in February 2005. See email

Can you remember Pat or any of his family? 

My name is John Hartley and I am fortunate to be the son of a Brierley Lad.  His name is Pat Hartley, who lived at 41/43 Barnsley Road. His brothers are Henry and Phillip and sister Doris.  My uncle Henry passed away in 1983 but Uncle Phil now lives in South Elmsall and Aunty Doris lives in Paris. I was fortunate enough to visit Brierley in May of 2002 and was made welcome by in my opinion the Happiest Aunty in the world. Her name is Daisy and she was married to my Uncle Henry.  Aunty Daisy lives next to my cousin Malcolm and his wife Jean; they own and operate Hartley Engineering. While I was there Malcolm introduced me to my dads best friend form his school days Nigel Crossland and if there is anyone with a story to tell about Brierley Nigel is your man. What a character and if the stories he told that he and dad got up to in late 30s and 40s then Brierley was a great place to grow up in. My Dad and Mum brought us to Australia in 1970 for a better chance of opportunities and I thank them for this. Dad was born in 1930, not that he realizes this, as I still see the same active (a little slower maybe) and helpful person that he was when we first arrived in Australia.  I have included a picture of my dad cooking up a storm at his 72nd Birthday BBQ.

Regards John Hartley Australia

Thanks for the information and photograph John. Your aunty Daisy is well known in the village as is Hartley’s engineering. I have met Nigel Crossland on a number of occasions, and I am hoping to record his memories. Unfortunately time is not on my side at the moment. Perhaps you could email us photographs of you all before you left the village and how you are now.

Regards Gary

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