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The author, F. A. C. 'Jock' Oehlers, was born in 1921 into a well-respected Singapore Eurasian family.
Commencing his narrative with the origin of his multi-national family, he gives an insight of his family life under British colonial rule. He continues by relating his experiences as a dental student at a time leading to the threat of the Japanese invasion of Singapore, of the terrifying bombing and shelling that the island was subjected to and of his marriage to his childhood playmate. He gives an account of the trying and difficult times that the couple had to endure during the Japanese occupation of Malaya and Singapore, half of which was spent in Singapore (renamed Syonan) and the other half confined in a Malaria-infested camp, Fuji-go in Bahau, Malaya. He tells of the joy of liberation and his return to Singapore with his wife and two young sons only to find themselves embroiled in the many tumultuous and disturbing years that Singapore underwent - years of political unrest, agitations for freedom from Colonial rule compounded by Communist threats, strikes and riots. He writes of his academic and professional career through these years, from an assistant lecturer to Professor of Oral Surgery at the then University of Singapore followed by private practice, and of sending their young sons to Australia to complete their education. He tells of the interests and hobbies he and his wife shared - his as founder and president of the Singapore Kennel Club, hers as a collector of Oriental antiques and, together, as dog lovers, rearing and exhibiting their pet boxer dogs.
In 1990 they migrated to Western Australia to enjoy their retirement years close to their sons and their families.