A quick refresher.
Henry Whittall Venn was a pompous, portly windbag with a huge moustache. After being sacked by Forrest, he passed his final years at Dardanup where he died of heart disease on 8 March 1908.
End of refresher.
Venn is remembered for two things: trebling the mileage of the government railways, and having been an aging lothario.
Guess which one Dodgy Perth is going to celebrate?
At some point, probably early 1901, Venn was at a party when he met a young, but married, actress. We don’t know her name, which is a pity, so I’m going to call her Eve. She needs to be called something.
Since he was 56 summers old, you would think that Venn would know better than to act like a giddy teenager and believe in love at first sight. But that’s precisely what he did.
However, it had been a long, long time since he had been courting young ladies—in fact, he had been married for nearly three decades.