Terry and Col


Terry is still known as a blow-in, but it is said with more affection than when she she started going out with Col Tooher 42 years ago. That was when he gave her his beloved Millers Point football cardigan, in the team’s black-and-white colours which had been chosen to match the trams that terminated at Argyle Place, and as its logo Sydney Harbour Bridge, a symbol of all of Sydney but a particularly strong and persistent physical presence throughout Millers Point.

It seemed Col had provided the cardigan to camouflage Terry all that time ago, to make her appear to be a true Pointer, but he says it was just that she was cold one day and he has wondered ever since why she didn’t give it back to him.

Other players from Col’s football team all those years ago are still in Millers Point, including Barney who also went on to coach another generation of footballers before becoming a leader of a different sort in this community..

Col’s family in the area stretches back six generations, including Aunty Gladys Baggatt, who locals called in as midwife when Nurse Williams wasn’t available. It was only Col’s father whose place of birth was for a while a mystery, until it was understood that the place of birth recorded on his birth certificate as Windmill Street USFR referred to up stairs front room.

Terry remembers even when she was working at the Bushells factory in Harrington Street all those years ago, when first she went out with Col, she would feel a change as she came through Argyle Cut and into Millers Point. The feeling has not changed in that time.