For­mer res­i­dents re­turn to where they spent early years

Countryman - - COUNTRY LIFE - Cally Dupe

It was a trip down mem­ory lane for two of Pin­gelly’s for­mer res­i­dents, who re­cently re­turned to the town for the first time in years.

Brother and sis­ter Si­mon Mach­lin, 88, and Alisa Shineberg, 94, lived in Pin­gelly as chil­dren be­fore mov­ing to Perth.

The pair re­turned to Pin­gelly ear­lier this year to visit the town and school.

They were joined by Mrs Shineberg’s daugh­ter He­len Shineberg and nieces Elana Gelden­huys and Dawn Hud­son-Tay­lor.

While in town, they had lunch at Pin­gelly Ho­tel, vis­ited the for­mer hos­pi­tal site, the school site and the ru­ins of their old house.

Mrs Hud­son-Tay­lor, whose mother Julie was Mr Mach­lin and Mrs Shineberg’s older sis­ter, said it was spe­cial to visit the com­mu­nity.

“It was very spe­cial, they all talked about it af­ter and sent pho­to­graphs off to the fam­ily,” she said.

“They were trep­i­da­tious about the length of the trip but Alisa said it was a beau­ti­ful town and very pros­per­ous.

“She has lived in Syd­ney for a num­ber of years. She was quite thrilled to see the town again.

“Si­mon had only vis­ited the town again once but Alisa hadn’t been back at all.”

The fam­ily moved to Aus­tralia from Pales­tine in the mid-1920s.

They lived on a 160-acre block east of the town but re­lo­cated to Perth dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion.

“They knew there was land here . . . most of the fam­ily came here in the end,” Mrs Hud­son-Tay­lor said.

“They all came from Pales­tine in the mid to late 1920s and then left when the de­pres­sion hap­pened in the 1930s.

“Wheat, wool, dairy, you got noth­ing for it.

“There was no money so they went to Perth.”

Mrs Shineberg at­tended Peter­car­ring School as a child but Mr Mach­lin was not school age by the time they moved.

The school, used by stu­dents from sur­round­ing ar­eas was open for 23 years be­tween 1907 to 1930.

Pic­ture: Jo Shoobert

He­len (daugh­ter of Alisa), Elana and Dawn (daugh­ters of Julie Mach­lin, 1919-2010), Si­mon Mach­lin and Alisa Shineberg (nee Mach­lin).

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