Merry Christ­mas

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Front Page -

In 1961, the chil­dren of the district were ex­cited to learn that Santa Claus was com­ing to the va­cant land be­tween Mathers’ Boot shop and the shop con­ducted by Mr Glass. The business houses had banded to­gether to give the chil­dren a mem­o­rable day. Sid West, the lo­cal school bus driver vol­un­teered to be Santa with Johnny Wil­more, mo­tor garage owner, his as­sis­tant. Chemist Alex Craw­ford pro­vided his ve­hi­cle and handy­men built a re­al­is­tic look­ing chim­ney for Santa to stand in and stuck hundreds of cot­ton wool balls on to the ve­hi­cle to rep­re­sent snow.

Lo­cal po­lice­man, Doug Cramp­ton, with his mo­tor bike and side­car, would con­trol the few ve­hi­cles ex­pected to travel along Pen­nant Hills Road. Hundreds of chil­dren greeted Santa and were de­lighted to re­ceive a packet of sweets pro­vided by the busi­nesses of the sub­urb.

It is hard to imag­ine va­cant land in the heart of the Pen­nant Hills shop­ping cen­tre to­day. The Santa Claus site is now oc­cu­pied by the Fit­ness Cen­tre, Restau­rant, St Vin­cent De Paul shop with the coun­cil car park at the rear.

Trevor Pa­trick is a lo­cal his­to­rian. Find the trea­sures of the Hills in the new award­win­ning book, “In Search of the Pen­nant

Hill” re­ceiv­ing the 2008 Hornsby Shire Owen Nan­nelli Me­mo­rial Award, and Sil­ver Tro­phy, NSW Print­ing In­dus­try Ex­cel­lence Award.

You can con­nect to Trevor at 10 Lawrence Road Ken­thurst 2156 or con­tact 9654-2224. He is avail­able 7 days a week at the phone and ad­dress to talk to in­ter­ested his­tory per­sons.

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