June Smith Interview with Bryan Power at 19 Sea Beach Parade on 9 September 2005
My father’s family lived on a double block at 23 and 25 Seabeach Parade and before that they lived in a house opposite the Presbyterian Church when it was located north of the railway line.
My aunts Myrtle and Margaret ran the Post Office at No 25 and the family lived in the residence behind it. In later years Mrs Sudden lived there for a while. The Post Office business was moved to 9 Seabeach Pde and the house was removed to Bannockburn.
The Butanovich family and then the Angus family lived in the big house opposite Thompsons in Sea Beach Parade.
Dad’s grandmother, Lucie Junod, was a wealthy woman who came over from Switzerland for a holiday. She met and married Dad’s grandfather Duncan and as a result was disinherited by her family. My aunt, Myrtle Hall, was given photos belonging to her grandmother and they went to one of the cousins on Roger’s side of the family.
Dad’s father, Donald Smith, was born at Bannockburn.
Donald married Isobella Frazer and they had 10 children, my father Alec being the seventh in the family.
Donald died in 1934 and is buried at Bannockburn.
His wife Isobella died some years before that.
Dad’s brothers and sisters were:
Ivy Isabel Smith who did not marry;
Gordon Donald Smith who married Dorothy Laidlaw;
Lucie Junod Smith did not marry nor did
Marjorie Eliza Smith.
John Smith fought in WW2. He returned and married Hilda Booth later in life.
Myrtle Jessie Smith married Roger Hall who worked for E J Brockman in North Geelong.
Duncan Hugh Smith married Ellen Fazackerley. He worked in the office at the Distillery. They had three children.
Alexander (Alec) Smith was my father. He married Cora Potter and they had five children
Margaret Fergus Smith married Peter Hawker who worked at Hawkes Bros. He walked to work every morning. They have one daughter, Jeanette. They lived in Melville’s old house, next door to Roger and Myrtle on The Esplanade.
Catherine Jean Smith did not marry.
The ten brothers and sisters walked every day to the old grey school at Corio. Dad would walk back home for lunch and to do some chores and then walked back to school again.
My parents met at a dance at Talbot in 1932 and were married in Melbourne in 1935.
Dad and Mum lived at Heals Road in Lara for 18 months after they were married; they then moved to Cohen Street in North Shore which was across the railway line opposite where the wireworks were. It was surrounded by boxthorn bushes. We then moved around the corner to a house in Seabreeze Parade. We had about eight cows that Mum milked. She made cream and butter with the milk.
My father, Alexander Smith, worked at the Phossie and then at Fords. He went to the Harvester for about 18 months. He then returned to Ford and worked as a truck driver. He drove locally and then between North Shore and Melbourne and later did the Adelaide run. He left on Monday morning and took two days to reach Adelaide. On Wednesday the truck was loaded and he drove home on Thursday and Friday.
We kids were in the PFA with Iain Davie and Ron Sudden. Mrs Clarke played the organ at the church services.
Myrtle and Roger Hall had built the house in Seebreeze Pde and Dad bought it from them and we were there for quite a few years.
Dad then built on his block at 19 Seabeach Parade and we’ve been here 40 years.
I am the eldest. I have suffered a lot of illness and didn’t marry. My three brothers are Keith who lives in Lara, John who has a boy and a girl and Ron who was a keen sportsman.
My only sister Gwen has five children and six grand children.
My mother Cora worked at the Grammar School as a cleaner with Mrs Finch, Kitty Way, Mary Mathieson and Liz Maitland. Stan Thompson also worked at the Grammar School.
Mum’s sister was Heather Potter and her brothers were Alan and Neil. They came from Tarnagulla near Talbot.
We kids walked to school at North Shore across the paddocks with Wildmans and Robinsons.
I later went to the high school in Geelong for three years and then worked at Balfours where I slipped on a slick of oil and injured my hip that had to be pinned. Eighteen months later I was knocked down a flight of stairs and reinjured my hip.