Uncle Jeffrey

There is an unchecked force in the universe seeking out that moment when a few words, spoken innocently, will reverberate with intensity far beyond their intent. Lorenz suggested that a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can cause a tornado in Texas – without truly intending himself for those words to have their later import.

Our favourite Italian restaurant in Northbridge, many years ago moved premises and its new décor was both lush and intriguing. Papa still sat by the front door, complete with slippers. Mama greeted you like long lost family and their old Nona sat at the back table endlessly polishing the silver. As you walked by, she would nod and greet you with her complimentary “Bella, Bella”.

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Jeffrey Howlett

2 Responses to Uncle Jeffrey

  1. Lesley Dewar says:

    Uncle Jeffrey was, in fact, Robbie’s cousin and Jeffrey Howlett – the internationally famous Architect. Sadly he passed away about twelve months ago – but it was wonderful to read a review of Perth’s architectural winners and losers, in The West Australian on 18th October 2008.

    Two of the three winners (buildings with great architectural merit) listed in the review are the inspirational designs of Uncle Jeffrey – the Perth Concert Hall and Council House.

    His vision for Perth, designed in the 1960’s, is still fresh, exciting and shows his consumate skill in balancing open space with exquisite design. We miss you, Jeffrey.

  2. Lesley Dewar says:


    This is Uncle Jeff’s Obituary and I was surprised to see that it was in 2005 that he passed away. It didn’t seem that long ago.

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