So embarrassing! The mix-up that soiled Bill ‘Swampy’ Marsh’s childhood innocence
Author of Great Australian Outback Yarns Bill ‘Swampy’ Marsh has his own tales to spin, sharing with Deborah Knight one particularly awkward childhood moment.
As a young child, Swampy was ready to welcome home a war hero after his father sent home a note from the hospital.
“Well you could’ve guessed how I felt – I mean how many kids do you know who can proudly stand up and say that their dad’s got the VD?
“I imagine how he got it too , swinging from tree to tree, machine gun blazing, chucking hand grenades.
“And there was my mum, crying with relief that dad was still alive!”
Five-year-old Swampy’s mix-up eventually came to a head the day his dad arrived at the train station…
“Dad fainted, mum broke down again.”
Press PLAY below to hear Swampy’s hilarious childhood yarn