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Our Place - Newtown - Brendan Doyle

Our Place - Newtown - Brendan Doyle

Brendan's mother was an immigrant from Glasgow and a bookbinder by trade. Brendan considered that the most striking thing about his father, who worked as an aircraft fitter at Kingsford-Smith airport, was that he was a long distance runner, who...

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Our Place - Newtown - Claire Mulhearn

Our Place - Newtown - Claire Mulhearn

Claire had lived with her brother, Keith, in Fitzroy Street Newtown since 1912. Claire talks warmly of family life and also of the work of women (everything had to be ironed) and children (a lot of the children sold papers...

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Our Place - Newtown - Grace Schwebel

Our Place - Newtown - Grace Schwebel

Grace talks a lot about the social makeup, life and customs in Newtown, covering everything from the removal of children's tonsils and adenoids almost as a rite of passage to witnessing the horrors of the six o'clock swill on the...

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Our Place - Newtown - Kate Dunbar

Our Place - Newtown - Kate Dunbar

Kate is particularly articulate about her family's unusual circumstances, in that her father kept two families. Kate's English mother ran a corner grocer shop at Ferndale Street, Newtown; they lived behind the shop. Her father was industrial chemist, sent to...

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Our Place - Newtown - Keith Mulhearn

Our Place - Newtown - Keith Mulhearn

Keith Mulhearn had lived with his sister, Claire, in Fitzroy Street Newtown since 1912. He talks about Fitzroy Street (a private wealthy area - there were gates on each end of Fitzroy Street and Georgina Street) and the people who...

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Our Place - Newtown - Leo Hannon

Our Place - Newtown - Leo Hannon

What Leo Hannan remembers most vividly about Newtown is the poverty: "You never forget the taste of poverty; my father never got constant work". In an era virtually without cars, all the kids had "a second hand pushbike. If you...

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Our Place - Newtown - Les Cross

Our Place - Newtown - Les Cross

Les's father was a well-known herbalist in King Street (He had the shop there for so long that when a letter came from India, addressed to Henry Cross, Australia, it came straight to him.). Les's father also was clairvoyant (Occasionally...

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Our Place - Newtown - Loretto Thurgood

Our Place - Newtown - Loretto Thurgood

Loretto grew up in Newtown and Erskineville and loved Newtown. Her story has a strong focus on domestic life, women's work and children's play. She was familiar with the various shops and businesses in Newtown and Erskineville. The various theatres...

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Our Place - Newtown - Zena Sachs

Our Place - Newtown - Zena Sachs

Zena grew up in King Street, Newtown, where her parents owned a shop. (It was a draper's shop, called "London-Paris"). Her parents had migrated from Poland via the UK. (Nobody had any papers or anything, there were no birth certificates...

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