So much has been lost to home units, but these remain in Flora Street.
The last two are especially interesting to me.
During World War II that house in Flora Street was where my Uncle Eric, Aunt Gwen and family lived. There is an old ham radio station in the backyard – it’s on the left in the bottom photo of the house. The call sign is still visible, though painted over. In the early 1940s family shot we have John Christison, my uncle Eric Christison, my great-grandmother Sophia Jane Christison, my grandfather Roy, my brother Ian.
Sutherland Uniting Church, formerly Methodist. My brother was married here in 1955 and, I realised when attending my Uncle Roy’s funeral, I hadn’t been inside this church since then.
Sutherland Presbyterian Church and manse. I was an elder here at the age of 21, and Sunday School Superintendent. In the mid 1960s exciting events occurred in this church, the congregation mostly leaving to form the Presbyterian Reformed Church. At that time I resigned. See my 2008 post Uncertain dogma, The Shire, and related musings. See also this search for Calvin.
Some details of 61 Auburn Street, Sutherland. The window glass today seems the same as it was 60-70 years ago.
This must be 1944, possibly 1945. It’s the front yard at 61 Auburn Street. I was born in July 1943. If I am older than 6 months but younger than 18 months in this photo then it’s 1944.
Left to right: Ian Whitfield, Neil Whitfield (me), Jeanette Whitfield
61 Auburn Street, Sutherland – 28 November 2011
61 Auburn Street, Sutherland 1946 or early 1947
Left to right: Me, my sister Jeanette (1940-1952), my cousin Helen, my mother.
The house in Sutherland where I lived from 1943 to early 1952.
The house at 61 Auburn Street Sutherland yesterday and, ghost-like in the background in the older photo, on the 19th of March 1949. I am the brat. My sister, whose birthday it was, is second from the left.
Yesterday in The Shire was both sad and joyous, and very nostalgic. I visited the house where I spent my first eight years.
See also What a gathering of the clan that was!