Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week, the mission was:
1) Think about who your neighbors were when you were a child. Where did you live? Who lived next door or across the street?
2) Tell us a story about one or more of your neighbors. If you want to keep them anonymous, just use first names. Do some research if you need to recall names and years.
3) Share your story in your own blog post (but leave a comment on this post so we can find it), in a comment to this blogp ost, or on Facebook or Google+.
I grew up at 9 Beaufort Street, Mitcham, Victoria, Australia. I lived there from birth until I married (although I did spend a year at Frankston, where I attended the State College in 1981, and also I spent a few months in a flat in Burnley in 1983).
I never really knew the neighbours on the east side of our house, as they didn’t have any children.
On the west side of our house, there were three families that I remember living there over the years. When I was little, up to about the age of 6, I played with the son, Gary, who was the same age as me, and in my class at school. He had an older sister Anita, but I don’t remember if he had any other brothers or sisters. After his family moved, a family moved in with three children, Penny, Libby and Simon. They were all younger than I was. I remember visiting their house from time to time, and playing on their pool table.
By the time I reached high school, they had moved as well, and then the Carlson family moved in next door. Our family got to know them quite well, as two of my sisters babysat their children, and then I did in my last two years of high school, so I also got to know their parents quite well. Their eldest daughter was the flower girl at my wedding.
I also had a friend from across the road – I think her name was Linnet (nickname Linnie). She was also younger than I was. I think she had other siblings, but I don’t remember their names. On the other side across the road, there were two sisters, I remember one was called Hilda, but I don’t remember the other girl’s name.
I also knew the girl who lived over our back fence, and she was in the same class as me for a year or so. Her name was Christine. Our back fence was the border between two suburbs, so we lived in Mitcham, and she lived in Donvale.
My sisters probably remember more about the other children in the families, and maybe something about their parents.