Punt Road born and bred - Mandy's Story

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When my parents married in 1952 they lived in an apartment on the corner of Punt Road and Greville Street (still there). In 1953, I was born – this was my first home.

My mother is now 82 and, after living elsewhere for her married life, she and Dad moved into an aged care facility that borders Punt Road in 1998. (One block away from their first apartment!) Dad died but Mum still lives in the hostel and is in good health – she still catches the Punt Road bus to go out.

In 1971 I started my nursing training at the Alfred Hospital and, as was required in those days, I lived in the nurses' home on Punt Road (now a carpark) and also briefly opposite in Fawkner Mansions. My boyfriend at the time moved into a boarding house in Punt Road, opposite the nurses' home, which facilitated the occasional illicit rendez-vous.

During my pregnancies, I consulted my obstetrician whose rooms were in a converted Victorian house in Punt Road.

I often drive down Punt Road and remember many familiar landmarks.

Image credits:
Courtesy of the State Library Victoria: www.slv.vic.gov.au
Alfred Hospital, Prahran, [Vic.] [picture] / G. Luly.
The Woodland Path: Looking along tree lined path from Punt Road to hospital night nurses quarters.
Date(s): ca. 1924.
Creator: Luly, G., photographer.
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