Beatrice Rose KEW (née ABLONG) [1894-1965]
Beatrice Rose Ablong, the daughter of Arthur John Ablong and Emma Ah Kin, married Arthur James Kew in 1926.
In 1955-58 Mrs. Kew applied for and was granted a sum of money (from a fund set up to compensate civilian internees) in respect of the night blindnesss and other problems she suffered as the result of internment.
A letter in support (written by Dr. Siegfried Szarfstein-Ramler) stated that on her release she was suffering from an 'enlarged beriberi heart' and that her body weight was 79 pounds - it took her many years to return to her normal 130 pounds. She was repatriated to Australia after internment and was able to resume work after a year. Mrs Kew felt that some problems caused by 'malnutrition during the 4 years of internment' were still with her and were perhaps permanent.
Mrs. Kew states that she 'lost one brother in the Pacific War and another brother died through malnutrition in the war period' - however the family tree in Peter Hall's In The Web gives only one brother who died in the war years - Alfred Ernest Ablong (father), 1886-1941
By the time of the application she had returned to Hong Kong and was living in Robinson Road.
A sister, Louisa Grace Ablong, is mentioned in Harry Ching's diary - she obviously chose to remain uninterned.
Genealogical details: In The Web, Peter Hall, 2012 edition, 184
All else: National Archives of Australia, B 510, 332 (http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=966861)
Note: Those interested in this family might like to note that a number of documents in the NAA have been digitalised and are available online.