close this bookLiving in Commerce Street Frankton in the 1930s : an urban experience
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On Saturday mornings had to clean the brass door knobs in the house, made her bed, did jobs for her mother, cooking "although it wasn't always successful." Even though she was an only child she didn't have more responsibilities because she was spoiled.

Religion was very important, father was from Wales where he attended chapel, he did

not attend church much but had strong religious convictions, she was christened in the Anglican church and attended Sunday school at St. George's Church; corner of Lake Road and Sommerset Street, bible class, confirmed, married at that church. Mother belonged to the Mother's Union. Went to church with many of her school friends, social gatherings organised for after church for the young people. Were many Catholics in Frankton at the time, "I think religion was in the background of most people in those days." Went away in the school holidays; Rotorua, Wellington. Father was often on call to businesses so often he didn't go on holiday. Only had four cousins; close, lived in Auckland, went for holidays, cousins were all a bit older than her. On Sundays there was always a hot roast dinner at mid day. Routine of eating different; breakfast at eight, lunch at twelve, dinner at six. Chicken was a treat, another treat was to go to the Dolly Varden and have strawberries and ice-cream. Was a healthy family, she had to have her appendix out. Had a family doctor; Dr. Brewis, mother did not really use home remedies. Depression did not affect her family very much, it was a little harder than usual, remembers the riots in Auckland. Feels she was fortunate during the Depression but other young people did suffer during this time. Father in the Home Guard, mother opened home to visiting American Servicemen and Australian Airmen, "It was just an open house for anyone that wanted a bed or wanted a meal."