Our Place: Newtown & Darlington Interviews

Our Place - Newtown - Brendan Doyle b. 1949

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 used to train every Saturday at Centennial Park. "He actually carried the Olympic Torch in 1956, in Melbourne." Brendan provides much detail about everyday life around Station Street Newtown in the 1950s. He also talks of "Going to places like Kurnell. … The Royal National Park; we'd go there, Audley, you know - a place called Carr's Park, which is in the Kogarah municipality, it's on the George's River". Once a year we'd have a holiday. I remember going to places like Pretty Beach, Killcare, Bateau Bay, all those places up near The Entrance …We'd always rent a cottage, a fibro place usually." His story captures the mood of post WWII Newtown and evocatively brings alive the ordinary.

Caveat: This video was shot on a Sony Hi 8 video recorder. It was not until 2010 that we could get the analogue tapes digitised. Despite careful storage in the intervening period there has been some deterioration in quality. While we have retained the original .mov files from the original digitization in the SRA Archive, by necessity uploaded here are .mp4 files. The video is raw and unedited, a primary source document recording the occassion.