Ju­lia War­ren­der

Matamata Chronicle - - Celebrating 90 Years Of Service To The Matamata Di -

The story of the lit­tle arm­chair. “In De­cem­ber 1955 I had been work­ing for six months and de­cided that now I had my own money I would pur­chase gifts for my five younger sib­lings as well as my par­ents. In the win­dow of Water­son’s Fur­ni­ture shop on Broad­way, a small child’s arm­chair was on dis­play. From mem­ory it had lime green up­hol­stery, this I pur­chased and gave to my youngest brother, then aged 3½ years. That chair was well used by him and oth­ers that could fit into it for many years and then when his nieces and neph­ews came along it was well used again. By this time our mother had re­cov­ered it in a brown fab­ric. When my brother Bill mar­ried and had his own chil­dren, some 30 years plus ago it was passed back to him for their chil­dren to use. About 17 or 18 years ago it was again re­cov­ered in a ma­roon/red coloured fab­ric and my grand­chil­dren, his (Bill) great nieces and neph­ews have all had turns at us­ing it. Now 57 years later it sits in my lounge with a doll that is over 65 years of age sit­ting on it. Could do with a “do up”, but to me it is still very spe­cial. I have no rec­ol­lec­tion of what my other sis­ters or brother re­ceived from me that Christ­mas.”

Ju­lia with the “lit­tle arm­chair”.

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