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Our Place - Alexandria - Harry Brennan

Our Place - Alexandria - Harry Brennan

Harry’s family was large. Twelve children survived out of sixteen. They eventually lived in nine of out of the ten terraces in their row. His mother would move if a better one became vacant; she’d then paint it, put down...

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Our Place - Alexandria - Robert Hammond

Our Place - Alexandria - Robert Hammond

There were twelve children in Robert’s family, and they lived in a rented double-storey brick terrace house. His little brother died from a lung infection, at the age of one year. Robert’s adolescence was dominated by both his before and...

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Our Place - Alexandria - Stephen Fennell

Our Place - Alexandria - Stephen Fennell

Stephen was born in 1952 and is the son of Syd who was also interviewed for the South Sydney Social History Project. He grew up in Renwick Street in a family that was strongly involved in Labour politics and knew...

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Our Place - Alexandria - Sydney Fennell

Our Place - Alexandria - Sydney Fennell

Syd was an only child, which was unusual in Alexandria. His dad was a wood machinist, in the boot trade, and his mum worked for a period at the pickle factory, behind Henderson Road, where a lot of people in...

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Our Place - Beaconsfield - Mick Green

Our Place - Beaconsfield - Mick Green

Mick Green was born in 1926 and grew up in Beaconsfield. His Dad was a local Labor politician after whom Green Square is named. He remembers attending Kindergarten Union kindergarten as a child and describes Beaconsfield as a place where...

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Our Place - Erskineville - Henry Brown

Our Place - Erskineville - Henry Brown

Henry Brown was an official of both The Communist Party of Australia and the Liberal Party. As a kid he liked to visit Mascot airport because he could wander in and out of the hangers. He saw the Clancys’ “Skybaby”...

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Our Place - Erskineville - Josie Foster

Our Place - Erskineville - Josie Foster

Josie’s family was relatively affluent. Her mother was a machinist, and her father was an SP bookie, an agnostic, and a communist who subscribed to Tribune. They were proud of their concreted backyard, they ate well (“vegetarian”) and dressed well....

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Our Place - Erskineville - Maureen Oliver

Our Place - Erskineville - Maureen Oliver

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Our Place - Erskineville - Terry Murphy

Our Place - Erskineville - Terry Murphy

Macdonaldtown Station was “amazing”: “from six o’clock, you would just see one stream of people, and they would be coming off the trains: firstly, going up to the hospital; to the factories up this end; or down through Burren Street,...

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Our Place - Erskineville and Alexandria - Betty Moulds

Our Place - Erskineville and Alexandria - Betty Moulds

Betty talks mainly of family and domestic life: “We had no light, no gaslight; we had candles. … There were eight children in the family all together so the ten of us lived in a three-bedroom cottage, with one lounge...

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Our Place - Waterloo - Esosa Equaibor

Our Place - Waterloo - Esosa Equaibor

Esosa was born in Nigeria in 1970 and immigrated with her family in 1976. Living first in Paddington before moving to Waterloo in 1980. One of our youngest interviewees, Esosa talks about growing up in the flats, she speaks of...

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Our Place - Alexandria - Cliff Noble

Our Place - Alexandria - Cliff Noble

Cliff’s father was an alderman and the Hon. William McKell’s right hand man. Cliff describes Syrian Town and the Chinese gardens, but Cliff’s “real love of the area was brought about because, as a child, there was all this sharing...

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