Sto­ries from the past

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

TALES from yes­ter­year and mod­ern times have been shared by res­i­dents as part of South Perth Sto­ries.

ANNE Pick­ett re­mem­bers chil­dren from along her street ask­ing to bor­row keys from her fa­ther dur­ing her child­hood in the 1940s.

“There were six houses along Waver­ley Street that all had the same front door key and so peo­ple used to ap­pear at our house ask­ing to bor­row keys,” she said.

“They were all Cal­i­for­nia bun­ga­lows built in a sim­i­lar way.”

The South Perth res­i­dent’s story is one of a num­ber that have been cap­tured on South Perth Sto­ries, a City of South Perth ini­tia­tive.

The web­site in­cludes a col­lec­tion of in­ter­views from res­i­dents and visi­tors of the past and present.

South Perth res­i­dent Greg Ben­jamin con­trib­uted a num­ber of sto­ries, in­clud­ing a light-hearted en­counter with chil­dren on Nor­folk Street in the past year.

“I ar­rived home one evening to find a dozen chil­dren play­ing cricket on a pitch they had painted on the road,” he said.

“One of the fun­ni­est things was a girl wear­ing a light on her head to il­lu­mi­nate the cricket pitch.

“Some­one had re­ported them and the coun­cil painted over the lines but it re­minded me of the com­mu­nity spirit and vi­tal­ity of peo­ple in the neigh­bour­hood.”

The story of South Perth res­i­dent James Har­wood starts in the 1940s when his brother gave him a small pis­tol.

“He asked me not to show it to my fa­ther be­cause he was a dis­ci­plinar­ian and so I kept it in my pocket like Hopa­long Cas­sidy,” he said.

“I went to my cousin Mike’s house in Su­bi­aco and his older brother Jerry got some bul­lets and we tried to shoot.

“I re­mem­ber Jerry putting it to Mike’s head and then he put it in the air and it went off – I was deeply shocked.

“When I got home in South Perth, I put the gun in a box and buried it in the back­yard and only three years ago I found it and dug it up.”

The web­site can be vis­ited at sto­ries. south­perth.wa.gov. au

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d462811

James Har­wood, Farah Kab­bani, Anne Pick­ett, Mayor Sue Do­herty and Greg Ben­jamin.

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