Spy on the bookies - Margaret's Story


As a little girl, Margaret used to stay at her Aunty Hilda's house at 41 Hoddle Street, just near the corner of Elizabeth Street. The house was pulled down when her aunty died in 1963. At night, Margaret used to look down on the intersection of Albert and Hoddle Streets from the upstairs bedroom and be dazzled by the lights of the traffic.

When Margaret was eight or nine, her Aunty Hilda would get her to sell her leftover newspapers to the shops of Victoria Street. The newspapers were used by the shop owners to wrap their goods. Margaret would sell them just near the North Richmond train station.

Aunty Hilda's house had an eight-foot back fence and Margaret used to spy through the cracks at the bookies doing business in the laneway behind the house. She was thrilled by the nefarious business and scared that she'd get caught spying on them.

When the Queen visited Melbourne in the early 1950s Margaret watched her drive past from her Aunty Hilda's fence on Hoddle Street.

Image courtesy of the State Library Victoria: www.slv.vic.gov.au
Date(s): [ca. 1860-ca. 1890]
Creator: Godfrey, W. P., (William Purves Race), 1907-1983, compiler.
Copyright status: This work is out of copyright; No copyright restrictions apply.