THE STORYTELLERS

BETTY ROBERTSON

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Betty Robertson and Costa

Betty Robertson and Costa Georgiadis

 

BETTY ROBERTSON: I was born on the 6th of the 6th, 1926!

LOLA SHARP: And when did you come to the concord area?

BETTY: August, 1962.

When I was growing up, as you know, the milkman came, and the baker, and the fruiterer and the iceman … But when we came here, of course, there was frock shops, shoe shops - two, I think - there was two fruit shops.

LOLA: Can you remember the names of the shops because I am trying to get a list together.

BETTY: There was McIlraths.

LOLA: Were they a greengrocers?

BETTY: No, they were a big grocer, and they were on the corner of where the bank is now when we first came here. And there was bootmakers, a hardware store …

LOLA: Was this on on Concord Road?

BETTY: Yes, a hardware store, two delicatessens, one up here … Haigh’s used to have the delicatessen. And where Woolworths is, that was the Returned Soldiers Hall … next to (that’s right) … because at the first lunch that … when I belonged to … when I joined the Concord Community Hostel, we used to do our own catering for our annual luncheon and that was the first one I had ever worked on, was in that little hall, and from there we went down to the Memorial Hall.

LOLA: And what other shops do you remember?

BETTY: There was two or three butcher shops. Enid Wright’s husband, he had one down towards Correy’s Avenue. What else was up there? There was a shoe shop and the funny thing is, there is a leading neurosurgeon at Prince Alfred that Sally had worked with and it was his mother and father that had the shop. And Jane, my older girl, was in School at North Strathfield with his brother. (A very small world) And there was Kay’s Liquor Store. They had the grocery shop as well as the liquor store. They had the liquor licence. I mean, the liquor store’s still there, but Kay’s …

LOLA: that’s Salerno’s, isn’t it, now, is that the liquor store? …

BETTY: Up here?

LOLA: Oh no, that’s down in Majors Bay Road.

BETTY: No, this was Kay’s and they had … and I’m just trying to think what was on the corner when we came here …

 

BACKGROUND

In response to community consultation, a number of local residents were interviewed and recorded. The sessions took place in December 2012 and February 2013 at Concord Library.

A short excerpt from each resident appears on this website. Together, they form a cross-section of insights into the wonderful community that is of and around the North Strathfield area.

The full interviews will be archived and available for borrowing at the City of Canada Bay Council Library Services.


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