After a tussle with the South African Government, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Beecher and their?
SV Thomas playing with brother Derek
SV Thomas and foster-sister Jeanette
SV Mrs Beecher reads bedtime story
LV Mrs. Beecher puts Thomas to bed
CU Government letter giving permission for Beechers to keep Thomas: & Frank's passport with Thomas's name on it
SV Mrs. Beecher reading letter
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Background: 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.