Block 5 Section 36

Transported by father-in-law in his Jaguar our family arrived at Block 5 section 36, O'Connor. No street, footpath or hedge. We drove directly to the front steps to unload our gear. Furniture was already in place. I had been living for a short time at Adaminaby with my parents, with two children and pregnant - until our house became available.

The area which later became Peel Street was occupied by builders' huts and pools of water while the houses on the eastern side were completed. North of Macarthur Avenue was a farm occupied by Mrs. Shumack. Sheep roamed about where the O'Connor tennis courts now stand.

It seemed to rain for weeks and the area was a mass of yellow mud. As more houses were completed and familes arrived - most with small children - we became a close knit community.

Few had cars - we walked to Civic to shop. Groceries were delivered by the Civic shops. A greengrocer called in the street weekly - ‘fresh food people' - in a truck.

In the first year

several new babies in the street
wedding reception at our house for my sister
we grew potatoes
furniture and carpets from Cusacks
ice chest - refrigerator much later
fuel copper and wringer in laundry - washing machine much later.
Picnics where Lyneham now is. Tennis at Turner
Cosiers' grocery shop a great boon - the first shop at the centre
Lots of visits from family and friends from interstate - interested in the Tocumwal development.
We were all young and life was fun.
There were tragedies too. The death of a baby and later a small child.

Doreen Burn, 5 Peel Street, 1950-1980 (contributed 1996)


•  The first to be handed over

•  Block 5 section 36

•  Just the house on a bare suburban block

•  The japonica hedge and other improvements

•  We were glad to get the house

•  ‘Good luck with the rocks, Bruce!'

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