Country girl - Linda's Story


I was a young girl from the country and we lived in a boarding house on Punt Road. We were very good little Catholic girls and were always told never to go to the doctor next door because that was Mr Betram Wainer, so we were never to go in there. We used to hang out at the Boundary Hotel. It was absolutely wonderful. And walking to the city, it was just fantastic. But the noise and the traffic.
This was in the early ’70s. There would be hundreds of girls who went through that place. It was 1091 Hoddle Street, near the corner of George Street. They’re still there, terrace house, privately owned now. With little corridors and things right behind these two houses. It was absolutely wonderful. It was all country girls. Because we had to live somewhere safe in Melbourne.