Born and bred 90 years on
BORN and bred Mossman woman Elaine Patterson is getting ready to celebrate her 90th birthday on November 30 and is convinced that life was different in the ’good old days’.
“I’ve lived in Mossman most of my life, 90 years is a long time and I’ve seen a lot of changes to the town,” she said.
Back in the ’good old days’ where there were no TV’s, computers, mobile phones or electricity, Mrs Patterson grew up living a full and happy life in Mossman.
“I use to make men’s trousers and we had no technology like we have today, back then you had to make your own fun,” she said.
“We were a tighter community too. You never did anything on your own. Everyone use to ride bicycles down to the beach because there were not a lot of cars, we use to spend half our time at swimming at the river, and we never had to worry about crocodiles or stingers.”
As a teenager Mrs Patterson would go to a ’dance’ which was held every Friday night at the community hall which the entire family would attend.
“Mum and Dad would play cards and we would dance and every Saturday night we went to the pictures,” she said.
In the evenings Mrs Patterson would go for walks and would see everyone in the community out on their verandas or in their gardens socialising.
“There use to always be someone outside to talk to but now you see nobody. People are too busy looking at their TVs,” she said.
“I grew up in a much better time than today. We could leave our homes open all day without anything being taken and we could walk the streets day or night without being assaulted..
The Mossman Gorge was a popular place for teenagers to swim in the summer and they would pick mangoes walking up the main road and eat them on the way home.
Mrs Patterson is a past president of the local bowls and horticulture clubs.
“I’ve had a very happy life and I have lived in a very caring community. I had a great husband for nearly 60 years and five beautiful children. I feel blessed,” she said.