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( Supplied: National Archives )Even if his story drew sympathy from authorities, rules were rules and Weaver would have to abide by them.

Frank Weaver appealed to Chifley for help to get back to Japan or alternatively, to bring his wife to Australia.

“He used to be my mate,” Weaver told journalists in Tokyo as he awaited deportation again, “but when my back was turned he stole my wife.”

Having exhausted any goodwill that existed with authorities in Japan, Weaver began an eight-year mission to bring her to Australia.

Weaver was still battling as late as 1962 for permission to bring his intended wife to Australia, to no avail.

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