Shire childhood, adolescence and early adulthood 2: 1958

From 1956 to 1958, give or take some months, Kirrawee was my home. Now fifty years is a very long time, but the station and main street are still very recognisable.


Go down the street, turn left at President Avenue and walk toward Gymea. When you reach Bath Road turn left again. When the railway line hinders further progress, turn right and you are in Avery Avenue. When I lived there Averys still occupied the corner house. Past the Roaches, two doors up, what was left of a farm began, complete with goats and the odd cow. Beyond that the road to Grays Point was still mainly bush. There was a “village idiot” living in a hut on the farm: Old Jack was harmless, given to carrying around an alarm clock in a brown paper shopping bag, and always checking the time. He used to ring the talking clock from public phones and actually speak to it. (Now I think he must have wandered in from a Patrick White novel…)


Most of the settled area south of President Avenue, the street which runs to the bottom right-hand corner, and the railway line is post 1950s.

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Grays Point and North-West Arm on the Hacking River — walking distance from Avery Avenue. I was not in the slightest bit jealous of my more citified school friends. It was a good area to grow up, bushfire seasons excepted.  Down on the river it looked pretty much like this:

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Images from Shire Photo Gallery.