SHIRE OF CORIO ORAL HISTORY 1988
The following story is reproduced in this website with the kind permission of the Geelong Heritage Centre
whose reference for this story is GRS 1437.
Name of interviewee: Stella Haigh
Q. Why did your family come to the Shire?
A. When they first came out here one lot came from Switzerland. Because of the vines.
Q. That was on your mother's side?
A. That's right. They went to Fyansford first but grandfather Tibbet went to what used to be Ford Town. That's where mum's parents came first. They came in before the 1900s. We still own some of the blocks over there now where the house used to be. We were born in what was called Edolstone. It was built by Edol and it was called Edolstone.
Mum's father, or my grandfather, was classified as a gentleman when he first came out here. He paid his own fare out from England. We still own part of Ford Town.
Q. How much land did you own over there?
A. Eighteen acres, I think. And one of the other relations owned where the Norlane Hotel used to be. It used to be a ninety acre paddock.
Q. How many were there in the family,'?
A. There were four children and two grown ups. We had an uncle live with us too. He always lived with us. I don't know whether he had a say in the property or not.
Q. Where did you go to school?
A. North Geelong State School.
Q. How long were you there for?
A. I finished in about the seventh grade. We walked from Ford Town to North Geelong School.
Q. Did you get a ride very often?
A. Not very often. We had to walk every day to school, and we were never late because the bell would go and you got into terrible trouble.
Q. How many people were living in Norlane when you were there?
A. There was not that many people in Norlane really. There were a lot of open spaces.
Q. The one near the Norlane Hotel, you called that the ninety acre paddock. What about where Fords is? Was there nothing at all?
A. No, there was nothing there at all. It was a bit swampy, Norlane was.
Q. What did you run on the farm?
A. Cows, all cows. It was a dairy farm. We had a fair few cows. We used to get up real early in the morning to milk them.
Q. Did your father take the milk into Geelong?
A. He did, yes and carted it all over the place. He even went up to Newtown with milk because he had a good customer.
Q. How many brothers and sisters did you have?
A. Two brothers and one sister. I'm the eldest. Then the two brothers, one died and my sister has died as well.