Growing up in High Street

Liz sent this email about her family and growing up in High Street:

‘This whole issue of residents being forcefully evicted from Millers Point greatly upsets me. My mother’s family lived at The Point upon moving to Australia from Scotland in 1953. My grandparents, Jim and Jeanie Gold moved in with their two children, later welcoming another baby a couple of years after. I was actually born in my mum’s bedroom at number 6 High Street in 1969.

‘Some of my first memories are of going to preschool at The Lance Kindergarten, and of rolling down the hills of Observatory Hill ( smashing into the fence at the bottom). My nan would send me with her shopping list up to John Holly’s shop, where he would put her purchases “in the book” if money was short. Everyone knew everyone, and kids were safe to run around the streets having fun, there was always someone looking out for us.

‘Sadly, my Pa passed away when I was 13 years old, and my nan stayed at The Point until a couple of years ago, when she grew too frail to live on her own. She moved from 6 High Street to # 30 when the terrace was renovated about 20 years ago.

‘Nan passed away in 2012. I can only think that I am glad she isn’t a witness to this disgraceful real estate grab as it would have broken her heart.’

Current residents will remember Liz’s family. For more about High Street and its residents…




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