Our playground was Kwinana Beach and the street where we lived. Swimming lessons were at Kwinana Beach. There was one bus in the morning and one bus in the afternoon and if you missed it you had to walk. We went to East Rockingham Primary School on the corner of Office and Mandurah Rd. Everyone new everyone’s business it was that kind of community and if you did something wrong, rest assured your parents knew before you got home!
The little corner shop used to sell lollies, three for 1 cent, and there was a butcher shop next door and a fish and chip shop.
My mum and nana were always cooking, no shortcuts & takeaways for our family. They seemed to live in their aprons. Christmas was a big event – decorating the house, cooking christmas cakes and puddings, neighbours would drop by and visit and bring food and we would share everything.
I remember going rabbit trapping with my pop and brothers and my nana use to skin the rabbits and stuff them and stitch their tummies and roast them with vegetables.
I also remember my pop fishing with big nets and coming home and hanging the nets out and my nana and I would pull the fish out of the nets, then she taught me how to scale the fish and gut them, Yuk!
If we wanted to have the house warm we had to chop the wood for the fire place in our lounge and I remember the cold nights when we had hot water bottles filled up and put in our bed. I used to share a bed with my sister – never ever have I had a room of my own – and we always wore hand-me-down clothing.
Its funny as I think back to how much simpler things were with out computers and telephones which we never had one we use to use the Red Box telephone down the street. I think in those days they called the telephone company PMG."