Buggerlugs - Anne's Story


Originally our house on Punt Road, Richmond, had a privet hedge. Once I remember a man having a quiet and private piss into it.

Then my mother scavenged a lot of stone and built a big wall. It barely got through council: my father said it was probably because it reminded them of their days inside! It must have made my mother feel very safe because she always used to walk naked from the veranda down the steps to the front gate to get the milk and the paper in the morning.

In those days, the 1960s, the paper boy ('Buggerlugs') and the milko who delivered from a cart pulled by a slow and patient horse, got a present at Christmas time, maybe ten shillings? I don't know, it was my father who kept the custom going.

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:
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.

Newsboys - Robert's Story

I sold the Herald at a Punt Rd intersection in the mid 1960s. In those days it was legal for kids to move among the cars, like today's windscreen cleaners. I sold the two editions of the Herald each night, and the Sporting Globe on Saturdays. My spot was the south-west corner of Punt Rd and Wellington Parade.

Occasionally a newsboy was hit – that's why there is a statue of a paperboy at the corner of Hawthorn and Balaclava Rds.


Courtesy of the State Library Victoria: Date: 1855. Creator: Grosse, Frederick, 1828-1894, engraver; Chevalier, N. (Nicholas), 1828-1902 artist. Copyright status: This work is out of copyright; No copyright restrictions apply.