Gaylene

Gaylene
Gaylene Harkin, interviewed for the Millers Point Oral History Project, 29 December 2005

I remember when people lost their jobs – then there was no pension or dole or whatever else and the neigh-bours would rally around and help that family out. I remember my grandmother lots of times saying, ‘Oh well, we don’t need these rabbits, we’ll give them to the people across the road because they’ve got mouths to feed too and he’s just lost his job.’ I remember my dad saying, ‘I will ask my boss at work if this guy can come and work part-time, or fill in the gap’.

Boxing Day we used to take over Kent Street. We didn’t ask permission, we’d block off one end of Kent Street all the way up to where the Bridge is now, and we used to have cricket games … we had this cricket game going and everyone was out in the street with all their tables and their grog and whatever else and people were talking … You can take a person out of a community, but can you take the community out of the person? No, no, no, no. I can move out of Millers Point but you can’t take that part of it out of me.