Not many skeletons in doc's book
ONE of Coffs Harbour’s best-known medicos has gone on the record with a book about his life and times in the medical profession.
Dr Robin Jelliffe has been in practice in Coffs Harbour for more than half a century and has seen 60 years of medical practice in England, Nigeria and Australia.
He began writing his book, Sparrow in the Hall, 10 years ago, but it has had to take second place to some of his other projects, which have included CDs on Coffs Harbour’s Botanic Garden and the Aeroplane Spotter magazine.
Dr Jelliffe, who is 82, wrote the book for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren "and anyone else who was interested", finding as he pursued his research unexpected connections and relatives that he had never suspected.
“We can track our family back 14 generations but all we know about those 14 generations is that one was a baker, one was a mariner and another a yeoman,” Dr Jelliffe said.
Sparrow in the Hall puts a lot more flesh on the bones of the recent generations.
The book also includes a good chunk of Coffs Coast history from the 1960s onwards.
Sparrow in the Hall is available for $30 plus postage (if applicable) from the Coffs Harbour Medical Centre in Gordon Street or from Dr Jelliffe on 6652 1037.