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From: "eddie&kay cavanagh" <>
Subject: [AUS-SAGEN] Adelaide Memories
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 21:53:18 +1100
It's been beaut reading about your memories.
I can remember Balfours Napoleon cake yum, Kitchener buns, I'm putting on weight thinking of them. Was over in Adelaide last month and bought some Kitchener buns, they weren't Balfours I'm afraid I must say they were even better and absolutely huge!! I was staying with friends and reminiscing and the husband mentioned Kitchener Buns, that was when I went out and bought some. We all agreed they were the best we'd had. I think it was the Arkaba Shopping Centre I got them from. Never liked Bung Fritz, I know that is sacrilege for a Sth Aussie. Remember when I came back from UK in 1966 that chicken was cheap unlike when I went away in '62. Remember buying icecreams at the local shop in bricks, that was before Mum had a fridge and made her own. Then again when we came back from UK Mum was buying it at the supermarket in the size of 2L tins.
Also remember Mum and Dad getting dressed up to go to Masonic Ladies nights/Balls, all the ladies wore long evening gowns and the men in their Dinner suits.
Dad was a Commercial Traveller, what we would call a Sales Rep these days. At one stage he had a Holden Ute as the Company Vehicle`. He, Mum, and my grandmother would sit in the cab and my brother and I sat in the back, on chairs from a set of childs table and chairs that he had made for us.
Then there were the Sunday School Picnics. We would walk in crocodile file from the Methodist Church along Woodville Rd to the Woodville Station. A special train was there and we piled on board, in the early days that I remember a lot of parents travelled by train as well, later on they would go by car and meet you at Belair or Long Gully National Pk. There would be races and many of the boys would fall in the creek. The girls would pick flowers. Lunch was usually savs,sauce and bread and I think bread and hundreds and thousands. For drinks there was cordial, usually raspberry vinegar. The Sunday School Anniversary was a big event, we had a very big Sunday School. Always had to have a new frock for the anniversary.
Companies or firms as we called them in those days, used to have picnics as well, usually ran by the social club. We were given tickets for icecreams and bottled soft drinks. In the early days you went by coach but eventually that was stopped as everyone went by car.
Re the dances, I remember Burnside, Norwood and the Wonderland (they had a fantastic Big Band) that was where I met my husband.
I remember being made to jumpin or be thrown into the Port River to teach me to swim. There was a swimming club there so I was in no danger (except for catching something from the river). Never did learn to swim properly.
Family friends were the masters on ketches, there were picnics onboard, we'd sail down the Port River. Also chop picnics at Belair or Long Gully. They were the precursor of bbq's. The chops were cooked over an open fire, usually the adults hired one of the tennis courts.
My memories of the school milk,ugh. I was never a great lover of milk, used to take flavouring some times. In the summer it was really ugh!!
Better finish off now,
Kay, Sunbury, Melbourne.