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About Mavis Bourke
Mavis Bourke ran away from home (so the story goes) and joined a circus. She subsequently had a son to one of the circus people, John Shields. The boy was born on the 5th February 1943 and was known as Lil' Johnny Bourke. He later took his father's name of John Shields and is currently one of the double bass players in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.