An afternoon in the Park

Molly Lowrie, aged about 8 with her younger sisters Nancy, Betty, Patsy and Lorna in Crichton Reserve, Port Melbourne, 1929.

Molly Lowrie, aged about 8 with her younger sisters Nancy, Betty, Patsy and Lorna in Crichton Reserve, Port Melbourne, 1929.

My mother Molly Lowrie, aged about 8, with her younger sisters Nancy, Betty, Patsy and Lorna taken in the Crichton Reserve, opposite their home at Princes Street Port Melbourne, in 1929. While the two-storey Nott Street School building in the background still survives, all four homes visible on the Stokes Street side of the reserve have now been demolished.

At that young age, Molly was already fulfilling the role of a “little mother”, good training as my grandmother went on to have a further 6 babies over the next 8 years. Twenty years later I was born, and for the first 19 years of my life, my family lived opposite this same reserve, next door to my mother’s previous home, at 249 Princes Street. This playground with its swings, slide, monkey bars, rocking horse and see-saw was our “backyard”.

Sadly, none of the sisters still survives, with the death in 2016 of my Auntie Patsy.

Glen Cosham

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