We transferred to Sydney, then bought a home (friends called it a shoebox).
Inside five years, we had second son, John, a bank account, loan application forms, the boys’ birth certificates to add to our own—and shortly after that, we had mortgage documents, title deeds and driving licences. Oh, yes, and insurance policies, both for our lives and our very modest cars.
Accumulating family information and documentation was underway. Later we started a business; a lawyer and accountant became involved, adding more information and documents in the form of agreements, leases, tax records, and the like.
Over the next few years, we moved house a couple of times; so, as well as furniture and all the other trappings of increasingly busy lives, we also had to move the accumulated paper work and all the related information.
With Anne looking after a busy household, it fell to me to organise all the ‘stuff’ to which