Ar­madale’s pi­o­neers to cel­e­brate his­tory

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AR­MADALE’S pi­o­neers are com­ing to­gether to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of the men and women who have made the City what it is to­day.

Mt Ri­chon res­i­dents Tom and Max­ine Pratt have been along to the Pi­o­neers Re­union since it be­gan, both shar­ing a long his­tory with the area.

Mr Pratt (88) was born in Jar­rah­dale and was two or three when his fam­ily moved to Ar­madale.

“My dad’s fa­ther had prop­erty on the cor­ner of Fifth Road and Rail­way Av­enue. My dad built a house on one of the blocks and we were there,” he said.

“Apart from three years when I worked up in the north-west up on a sta­tion, I’ve al­ways been in Ar­madale.”

Mrs Pratt (84) moved to Ar­madale at 12 or 13 and the pair soon met at one of the dances around town.

“We met at a dance in Ar­madale; there used to be a dance ev­ery week,” she said.

“They were held on a reg­u­lar ba­sis in those days. There were lots of dance bands around at the time,” Mr Pratt said. Mr and Mrs Pratt mar­ried at 25 and 20 and went on to have four chil­dren. The pair have just cel­e­brated the birth of their 11th great-grand­child.

Both have been heav­ily in­volved in their com­mu­nity, with Mrs Pratt play­ing hockey for Kelm­scott and Mr Pratt play­ing foot­ball for the south sub­ur­ban as­so­ci­a­tion.

“In our younger days, when Ar­madale was only just a small sort of coun­try town, you knew ev­ery­body. If you went up the street, you’d have to spend a day there be­cause peo­ple would stop and talk,” Mr Pratt said.

The Mt Ri­chon cou­ple are look­ing for­ward to the Pi­o­neers Re­union in Oc­to­ber and said it was a fan­tas­tic chance to see all their friends.

“It’s nice, be­cause you’d never have the chance to catch up with them oth­er­wise,” Mrs Pratt said.

All res­i­dents who have lived in the dis­trict for 50 years or more are in­vited to the an­nual re­union on Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 7, from 2pm at Kelm­scott Hall.

If you have not yet re­ceived a per­sonal in­vi­ta­tion and have lived in the City of Ar­madale for 50 years, con­tin­u­ally or oth­er­wise, con­tact the Mayor’s of­fice to reg­is­ter your de­tails on 9394 5639.

Tom and Max­ine Pratt in their gar­den.

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