The following is some stories from our book .
In 1938, Rochester was a small town in Northern Victoria Australia, which had a population of about 4 or 500 people. Most of the population of Rochester worked at the Silos where the local grain came in from all the farms throughout the district, via the railways, which was the main form of transport at that time.
My mother was a seamstress making and repairing clothes in the local community. She also worked at a shop in Rochester making men's suits before she was married.
My father was working as a contractor for the State Electricity Commission when they were laying power down to serve Rochester. During my upbringing he changed his occupation a number of times. He had his own business but when things got tough he did things like shearing sheep. When that work dried up around the local area he would go away for several weeks at a time shearing in Gippsland and places like that.
After my father gave up shearing, he worked on the railways for many years and straight after finishing work he would go out to the vegetable patch which the family relied on for most of their food. He finished work at 4:15pm and by 4:30 he was in the vegetable patch until dark every evening. After that he would have dinner and go to bed then do it all again tomorrow.
On the weekends he spent all of his time in the vegetable patch. Without his effort we wouldn't have eaten. Nowadays people can just run to the shop with no more than a few minutes of forethought. Dad had to plan months and weeks in advance to feed his family.
(To be continued)
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