Some Early Memories

Some Early Memories

Hollowed out Bread

In 1912-13 or before, and until the 1914-18 War, there was a small shop with a couple of rooms at the rear occupied by a Mrs Kitchen, known to all as, "Granny Kitchen". She sold vegetables, fruit, lollies etcc, and every week obtained fresh fish from Swan Hill, or by train from Bendigo or Melbourne. Eventually the building was destroyed by fire, and Granny then lived in a 2 roomed unlined cottage on the corner of the sstreet and the main road, behind the Catholic Church. Sometime after Mrs Kitchen died, the building was removed.

Adjoining Granny Kitchen's shop, there was a Bakery business owned by Mr Groat. He made beautiful bread which sold in either small or large loaves at about sixpence (small) and one shilling (large), or perhaps less. After school, children would be sent to purchase a loaf of bread, and I think more often than not, the centre was piced out of the loaf before it arrived home.

It was a common sight to see children taking home the family milk supply in a treacle can which was about 10 inches deep, with a lid, and a wire handle.

Mr Harry Jilbert sometimes sold meat (lamb or beef) which was slaughtered on his farm, and delivered by him, often between 8pm and midnight.

PS Granny Kitchen was frequently seen walking the street, and always pushing an empty baby pram.

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