Peter Doyle remembers
Andy & Rhoda Doyle lived at 12 Melbourne Rd North Shore (later Norlane).
Their children were Peter, Helen and Kathy
Andy Doyle was a Scotchman who arrived in Australia in 1929 and was employed in the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. He moved to Geelong and gained employment at the Phosphate and Corio Distillery. He was well known for his bagpipe playing. He used to pipe the North Shore team on to the ground at Sparks Road.
After marrying Rhoda Mitchell they built a residence at 12 Melbourne Rd. Peter was born in October 1936 and then followed Helen and Kathy. All attended North Shore State School. Peter then went on to St Johns, North Geelong and St Mary’s Technical School. The girls attended schools in Geelong, then married and moved on with their lives.
Peter married Margaret; together they had twin boys who reside in Kirra, Qld and St Kilda, Melbourne.
Peter, Margaret and sons moved to Torquay in 1969 where they still reside. The family was involved with the local football club and surf club of which I am still an active member. My only remaining connections with North Shore are meeting with Max Evans and Peter Bliss occasionally.
My grandparents were William and Alice Mitchell; they had two sons Alan and Colin and one daughter Rhoda, my mother. They lived in Melbourne Road opposite Wally Walker’s wood yard.
Colin played football with Nth Melbourne.
The Corio Shire Hotel over the road from our home was owned by Eric and Hilda Young and their children were Betty, Max, Elaine, Paddy and Noreen.
Len Newman was licensee after working at the Phosphate.
An isolated house north of the hotel was occupied by the Haby family. The first Norlane Police Station was built beside the Haby residence in what is now Denver Street.
North of the Hotel was the first oval occupied by the North Shore F.C. they then moved to the corner of Sparks and Thompson’s Roads, then on to the Phosphate Oval and presently are at Windsor Park beside North Shore Primary School at the Sparks Rd Oval. Workers from the phosphate who came from Nauru played with the club in the 1940s.
In North Shore Road there were two, I think, large underground air raid shelters. There were a row of huts behind Eric Young’s residence on the north-east corner of Melbourne and North Shore Roads. These huts were for the air raid wardens and each hut had a steel helmet and a gas mask hanging on the front wall.