that's life (Australia) - - Contents - Linda Smith, Ed­i­tor [email protected]­fic­mags.com.au

Areader’s let­ter about ap­ply­ing for a job as a tea lady, many years ago, took me back. Right back. To when I was a child and my late and muchloved Aunty Mon was a tea lady at a film stu­dio of­fice. It was the clos­est our fam­ily ever came to brush­ing up with fame as Aunty Mon got to know all sorts of fa­mous peo­ple from the Aussie film world. There wouldn’t have been one piece of gossip go­ing around that stu­dio that Aunty Mon didn’t know. And of course, she was adored – not just for her tea and bick­ies! When I started work in my first of­fice, the tea lady was no more. The clos­est we got to ser­vice was a bent old tea­spoon chained to the urn so it didn’t get nicked! But talk­ing about tea ladies got all of us in the tl! team rem­i­nisc­ing about dif­fer­ent jobs that were no more – like milk­men. Liz’s fi­ancé, Frank, used to help his dad Michael with his milk run in Lee­ton, NSW, in the late ’90s. The young Frank and his mate used to hop on and off his dad’s truck with the clink­ing bot­tles and de­liver them to the lo­cals. Gill re­minded us of an­other job that’s gone – the bridge toll col­lec­tor. The last time any­one put ac­tual cash in the hands of a toll col­lec­tor in

Syd­ney and Bris­bane was 2009. Beth has fond mem­o­ries of the guy at her lo­cal video store who al­ways had the best sug­ges­tions for what movie to take out for the week­end or week. While Riah nom­i­nated lo­cal photo de­vel­op­ers and how im­por­tant they were be­fore dig­i­tal pho­to­graphs. ‘It was such a thrill when you fi­nally saw the re­sults of your pho­tog­ra­phy,’ she said. And it was! I’m sure you and your fam­ily and friends can ex­pand on this list. What old jobs, now gone, do you re­mem­ber?

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