• Short Summary

    After a tussle with the South African Government, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Beecher and their?

  • Description

    After a tussle with the South African Government, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Beecher and their three children will leave the Union on Dec. 13 for Britain. In their Cape Town home the Beechers prepared for the journey, NOV. 10.

    This is the happy ending to a sad tale. Beecher's youngest adopted son, two-year-old Thomas, abandoned at birth, was classified under the South African race laws as 'of mixed blood'. And accordingly he had to be handed over to 'coloured' foster-parents on Oct. 1 this year.

    Heart-broken Mrs Beecher flouted the law and went into hiding with Thomas. After representations to the Government the Beechers were given permission to keep their curly-haired foundling, on condition they left South Africa.

    With Thomas's name on his foster-father's passport, the Beechers await confirmation of their air, passage to Britain, paid by carpenter Frank Beecher's union - Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers.

    In Britain they will live in Frank's former home town, Exham, 14 miles from London. And there's a job awaiting Frank - with his former employer.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5K0JCL306Q14NR66N3IDXRG79
    Media URN:
    VLVA5K0JCL306Q14NR66N3IDXRG79
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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