Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Great to Be Young in the Good Old Days

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Great to Be Young in the Good Old Days

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Byline: OVER THE FENCE FAY FARDON

AS A youngster I was more fortunate than many as our family lived on a dairy farm in The Gap Road, near Alstonville.

We were a happy, much-loved family, thriving on home-grown vegetables, eggs, milk, mouth-watering biscuits (using dripping shortening), fruit and nuts, and I don't remember ever being hungry.

While my four older siblings knew what farm work was like, my younger sister (by 15 months) and I were probably spoilt as far as hard work was concerned. Although a five to 10-minute walk away, we always had other children to play with, and arguments were few and far between.

Owing to my contacting pneumonia every year, followed by double pneumonia when I was six, I was not allowed to start school until I was seven years old.

My older sister Nancy taught me to read and write, as well as to excel in my natural love of mathematics, and with the availability of mum's library and her encouragement to read prolifically, I romped through kindergarten to fifth class in a little over two years. …

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