Jock and Annie Timney and daughter, Molly, arrived in Australia from Scotland in 1928 and for a while lived in Mount Macedon before moving to Donnelly Ave to live in a house they called ‘Bank’ houses. They had been repossessed by the banks; this is where I was born in 1930.
We then moved to Myrtle Grove when the bank houses were sold. We lived next to the Deans and opposite the Steeles. Dad got a job at the distillery and we moved into one of their houses.
Molly married an electrician from the Federal Mill where they both worked. They lived in North Geelong where Molly still lives. They had two children, Nancy and Robert.
I married Patsy McGovern in 1952 and had two boys, Phillip and Greg. We moved to Norlane in 1954 and still live there.
Subsequent phone conversation with Bryan Power on 21 March 2009
The family lived at16 Bay St North Geelong when they came to Geelong and Molly still lives there. She is aged 96 and still very alert and with a good memory.
Molly married Tom Cullen who lived around the corner in St David’s St opposite St John’s Church.
The family moved to Donnelly Ave where I was born. I am 17 years younger than Molly.
We moved to Myrtle Grove and lived in the house next to the Dean family and opposite the Steeles.
Sophie Steele had a brother, Jim, who served in the RAAF. He married May ???.
My father John got a job at the distillery as a coppersmith and we moved to one of the conite cottages there. We lived in that cottage for 23 years at one pound per week. Because he was a Scot, the workers soon called Dad ‘Jock’.
I think that there were six cottages, two of which were occupied by customs officers (one of whom was Don Swan’s father). The others were occupied by the Martin, Loveday and Donnelly families.
I started school at St John’s but after Mum had a falling out with Sister Mary Ethelreda I finished up at North Geelong State School. I travelled there each day on Wise’s bus. I was the same age as Kevin Power and I remember when he was killed at the convent.
I met Patricia ‘Patsy’ McGovern at the Palais and later found out that our fathers were drinking mates at the Queen of the West Hotel in West Geelong. After three years we were married in 1952 and have two sons, Phillip a solicitor in Darwin and now aged 55 and Greg 53 who worked as a manager in large retail stores but who now works as a car salesman in Werribee.
I finished a fitter and turner’s apprenticeship at Cresco and also became proficient in welding at the same time.
I went to work at the Harvester for two years but left for the Cement Works who offered me an additional pound a week. I was there for 11 years but became very unhappy because of the unreasonable hours of overtime I was expected to work and because I had to supervise a number of men who were inadequately trained for the jobs they were supposed to do. So I went to Ford where I found congenial work mates and within twelve months I was promoted to supervisor.
Patsy joined me as a Ford employee working in the canteen with other locals, Della Evans and Phyllis Gamble.
After 25 years I retired and Patsy joined me so that we walked out of the Ford gates for the last time together.