Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Memories And Macquarie - IVOR JONES AND FRIENDS

What is it about Mem­o­ries? We all have them, good and bad. Mem­o­ries help make us what we are to­day. The ex­pe­ri­ences that we had, shaped us for what we be­came.

When we see a pho­to­graph of where we once lived, what our homes looked like or where we went to school. It ger­mi­nates mem­o­ries of our past. We re­call what we may have once worn, the play­ing in a park or school grounds, go­ing to the beach or trav­el­ling on a bus; mem­o­ries of favourite or not so favourite teach­ers and class mates, school ex­cur­sions and sport­ing car­ni­vals.

We re­mem­ber the shops where we once bought our gro­ceries, or maybe soft drinks or ice creams on a warm or hot sum­mer’s day. The fam­ily pic­nics and ‘get-to­geth­ers’; the comics that we once bought and read as kids, the brand names of prod­ucts that our par­ents once bought that are rarely seen to­day.

We think of the good ol’ days so to speak, but we also re­call the hard­ships that we, or our par­ents, went through. We re­mem­ber the times when money was short and the strug­gles to buy a home or car; the good ol’ days of un­sealed road and the ‘dunny man’; clothes and shoes be­ing patched, when you could not af­ford new ones; days of milk, bread and soft drink de­liv­er­ies to the front door; the rab­bitoh and clothes prop man; or the tinker com­ing to sharpen the kitchen knives.

Per­haps if you had come from over­seas, you re­call the trip on the ship or plane, ar­riv­ing in a new coun­try, a strange land in a dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment where you knew no­body and per­haps did not speak the lan­guage.

We also re­mem­ber mak­ing our own fun by build­ing a ‘billy cart’, of watch­ing tele­vi­sion in black and white. We rem­i­nisce about the movies we saw at the movie theatre and who we were with. We have rec­ol­lec­tions about the meals our par­ents served out. We may have been adventurous and gone rid­ing our bikes along dirt tracks, build­ing cubby houses, play­ing shop, ex­plor­ing the bush or forests. Maybe play­ing cow­boys and In­di­ans with a cap gun; hide and seek or street cricket when there was less traf­fic around.

The mu­sic of our for­ma­tive teen years will stay with us and you re­mem­ber how great it sounded then. Go­ing to a lo­cal dance and meet­ing mem­bers of the op­po­site sex. Later as you re­dis­cover the mu­sic of the past you may won­der ‘what was it all about’? Per­haps it just doesn’t sound the same you may think. You re­mem­ber buy­ing the old vinyl records then re­plac­ing them with cas­sette tapes or CD’s. Most young peo­ple these days just lis­ten to MP3 record­ings.

We think about loved ones who may have passed on or the births and mar­riages of fam­ily mem­bers.

Yes mem­o­ries can be good or bad, happy or sad. At the end of the day we still have our mem­o­ries.

Don’t for­get to con­trib­ute your mem­o­ries and also any old pho­to­graphs that you would like to see pub­lished in this mag­a­zine’s “as we were” sec­tion.


You can write about child­hood mem­o­ries of where you may have grown up or mov­ing into the area. Tell us about your school days. Where you worked, played or went on hol­i­days; your first car; that first date, get­ting mar­ried or maybe the his­tory of your fam­ily, group or or­gan­i­sa­tion in the district. This page is about mem­o­ries so tell us yours.

If you have some great mem­o­ries, or per­haps you be­long to a lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion and would like to share your or­gan­i­sa­tion’s his­tory or story with us then feel free to share your mem­o­ries or ex­pe­ri­ences by writ­ing to 17 Rose St, Baulkham Hills, NSW, 2153 or email to ivor­jones@hill­sto­hawkes­

You can also share mem­o­ries on any of my Face­book mem­o­ries groups in­clud­ing Hills District Mem­o­ries at face­­o­ries or Hawkes­bury Hap­pen­ings & Mem­o­ries at face­ Hawkesmem­o­ries.


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