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Issue #1668      December 10, 2014


Constance “Connie” Purkis 1928-2014

Born at Greenhithe, Kent, on October 23. Connie was orphaned at the age of 12. At 14 she worked in the haberdashery trade until she met and married her lifelong husband of 68 years, Les. Connie joined the Communist Party in the 70s and remained a member until health led to her resignation. Connie was onetime treasurer of the Adelaide North Branch and often worked in the Party bookshop. She was involved in Hiroshima and Vietnam moratorium demonstrations as well as party functions manning stalls etc. She spent a year in the Soviet Union with Les and studied Marxist subjects.

A courageous lady who defended her family fiercely.

Although we no longer can carry the flag,
With age the knees are beginning to sag.
But our hearts and minds are still with those
Who take to the streets and dare to oppose
The wrongs that are done in society’s name.
And with banners and placards apportion the blame
With chants and songs, like “We’ll overcome”.
Imagine a world that the workers have won.

Les Purkis

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