52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #13 The Old Homestead

I have fallen behind in this series because my Ancestry.com subscription was due to expire at the end of April, and I didn’t think I’d be able to afford to renew, so over the last couple of months I was doing as much research as I could, while I could.  Now that my subscription has expired, I can get back to writing for my blog.

For this topic, I’ve decided to write about the house I grew up in.  I grew up at 9 Beaufort Street, Mitcham.

House at Mitcham and dad's car
House at Mitcham and dad’s car

When I was young, we had a chicken coop in the back yard, so we had fresh eggs.  The zoning changed, I think around 1970, and dad had to get rid of the chickens.  I think it was at this time that dad broke his foot, and had to take time off work.  It was one of the only times I ever saw my dad cry.

I remember when I was young that we used to get our milk delivered by horse and cart, and once of twice we used to get up early to have a ride on the back of the cart.

Our house was on a T-intersection, and this is the road on the other side of Beaufort Street.  I remember riding billy carts down the hill.

Looking down Endeavour St
Looking down Endeavour St

Most of the time we used to walk west down Beaufort Street to school, and down to the shops on Whitehorse Road, as there was less of a hill, and it was the most direct way.

Looking up Beaufort St towards McKean Rd
Looking up Beaufort St towards McKean Rd

The east end of Beaufort Street ended in a no through road.  The road ran down the other side of the hill.

Looking down Beaufort St
Looking down Beaufort St

This is a photo of our old swing. When we grew too big for it, dad took the swing off, and my sister used it to practice gymnastics on the top bar.  After the top bar rusted away, dad used it in the garden.  Also in the photo is my other sister’s dog, Ralph.

Ralph and old swing
Ralph and old swing

We had quite a few fruit trees in the back yard – the first photo shows the lemon tree next to the shed.  I’m not sure what the bush in the front of the photo was.  Down behind the shed, mum and dad used to put the old stoves, and we would pretend to cook on them.

Lemon tree and shed
Lemon tree and shed

When I was growing up, we had a few pets. The earliest pets I can remember were budgerigars. We also had bunny rabbits, but the neighbour’s dog kept getting to them.

I lived at home until my marriage in 1985, and mum and dad moved from Mitcham to Wonthaggi in 1988, after dad retired.

Background image is a photo from Unsplash – https://unsplash.com/photos/jwTvCQQJXh0 Photo by unsplash-logoImat Bagja Gumilar

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