I lived in the house in Coane Street, which was actually a short track that ran west of Seabeach Parade just north of the railway spur line to the Phossie.
I lived there about 1956-7 and I can remember the old war time trenches behind the house and the box thorns that clumped about it.
I remember playing tennis at the courts beside the Presbyterian Church in Seabeach Parade. Those of about my age that I knew were David Squires, Gerald Donovan, Graeme Sherlock, John and Jan Hosford and Kevin Howard.
We once found an old malthoid cricket pitch in the paddock north of the Phossie railway line and cleared it to play on.
My father John owned a garage in Pakington Street on the first corner south of Church Street and later managed a service station at the Shell Depot next to Osborne Park in North Geelong.
Dad grew up in Melbourne and after leaving school he became apprenticed as a cabinet maker in Sunshine while the family was living in Footscray. He enlisted in the Navy when war broke out and served on several ships as a stoker. One ship I remember was HMAS Shropshire. He eventually rose to the rank of Petty Officer. He met my mother Alice White through her girlfriend who was going out with one of Dad’s crew mates.
My parents were married in Melbourne in 1945 and I was born 10 months later. My brother Graeme followed in 1947 and then my sister Janet in 1949.
After the war my father returned to the Sunshine Cabinet Works before moving to Maryborough and a position with Phelan Furniture.
In 1948 my parents had a general store in Gippsland (Kernot) but when my sister was found to have a disability they returned to Melbourne and we lived in Box Hill. From Box Hill we moved to Linton (near Ballarat) where my parents owned and ran a garage from around 1952 to late 1955.
I was about ten when we arrived in North Shore and I attended North Shore State School.
I went on to Geelong West Tech in 1958 and used to travel there on the bus.
Then Dad built two houses on adjoining blocks in Hamlyn Heights. We lived in one and rented out the other. I rode my bike to school from there. I played football with the newly formed YMCA Under 15 team.
After finishing secondary school I studied at the Gordon Institute and gained a Diploma of Textile Technology.
I was employed by F & T Industries (Felt and Textiles) which had its head office in the ICI building in Melbourne. I worked in their research division in Coburg until 1970 and then went to South Africa to work with a sister company for two and a half years.
I met my wife Noelene there and we married in June 1971. We returned to Australia in September 1972. Our twins Shaun and Thane were born at the end of March 1973.
The Dumbrell family then lived in Anglesea in two different houses from 1972 until 1993. I worked at Huyck Australia in Geelong during that period. Huyck are producers of Papermachine Clothing. In September 1993 my wife and I headed to the USA where I worked for a company called Weavexx who also manufacture Papermachine Clothing. During that time we lived in Raleigh, North Carolina. In December 2000, upon reaching the ripe old age of 55, I retired and we returned to Australia and we now (2015) live in Williamstown.