Barney

 

My father Cecil (also known as Barney), waterfront worker and mother Joyce, waterfront canteen worker along with my older sister Roselyn and brother Ronnie lived in a one-bedroom flat in Cambridge Street, The Rocks. They moved to 12 High Street Millers Point in the 1940s to a three-bedroom unit which was regarded as a treat back then. I was born to 12 High Street in July of 1949, attended the Council-run Lance Kindergarten at the bottom of High Street like most of the children of the waterside workers, going on to St. Brigid’s Catholic Primary School, thence on to Fort Street Primary.

In 1950s Millers Point, most of the adults worked together, just as many of their parents had done before them, and the children went to school together and played together in sporting teams. Barney played in the Millers Point football team, with its logo of the ever-present Harbour Bridge and its black-and-white jerseys matching the colours of the local trams. People remember Barney and his football-playing days, but even more so they remember when he became the local football coach a few years later. For example, all of Geraldine’s sons were coached by Barney, and she says how much they loved him.

In March 2014, when Housing NSW sent letters to almost everyone living in Millers Point, telling them they were being moved out within two years.