Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

More Than Just a House, a Place Full Ofmemories; If She Could, Haidee Gorman Would Still Be Watching the World Go by from Pratten St

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

More Than Just a House, a Place Full Ofmemories; If She Could, Haidee Gorman Would Still Be Watching the World Go by from Pratten St

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Byline: TONI SOMES

IF wishes were choices, Hazel Gorman would have spent yesterday sipping tea from a sheltered spot on her Pratten St veranda.

But the 94-year-old, better known as Haidee to her nearest and dearest, concedes ill health now makes that option impossible.

So at the start of the year she swapped her cherished timber cottage for the sanctuary of Akooramak Nursing Home.

And tomorrow the Pratten St house she bought with her husband William back in the late 1960s will go up for auction. It will be offered along with a treasure trove of furniture and knick-knacks she can't fit in her new quarters.

It is an emotional turning point for Mrs Gorman, but she's hopeful her home will sell.

C[pounds sterling]People say it is just a house, but for me it's a place full of memories,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]I'd like a family to live there again. It's a good place for kids; there is plenty of room and verandas to play on.

C[pounds sterling]I miss the veranda. You could almost always find a spot there out of the wind to watch the world.C[yen]

It's also the home where she raised her youngest son Douglas and where her grandchildren Co the offspring of her daughter Meriel, and son Wesley Co spent school holidays.

But for many Rose City residents, 43 Pratten St will be best remembered as the place were their wedding dresses were made, school uniforms fitted and ball gowns and team shirts carefully sewn.

For despite Mrs Gorman's strong connection with the Southern Downs Co she was a Shelley from Freestone Co many still think of her first and foremost as a talented seamstress.

C[pounds sterling]I learnt to sew at high school on a treadle machine, and then after I married I started mending things for people and sewing dresses. It was a way to make a little extra,C[yen] she said. …

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