|Tram at Wattle Park|
More often than not Nan took us to the pictures, or a live show. The live shows were particularly special. How Nan managed it I don't know because she certainly didn't have money to burn, yet what she did for one of us she must have done for all of us (just not at the same time). I know that there is no way I could afford to take 5 grandchildren to a live show - even when I was working and earning good money. Yet Nan did it, so the cost of the tickets must have been proportionally lower compared to Pop's take home pay.
I remember seeing Snow White and The Seven Dwarves, I "think" with Patti McGrath (now Patti Newton). That's just a vague thought in my head that she was the star. The only reference I can find is that in 1963 Patti was going to sing some songs from Snow White on the Tarax Show in 1963. I remember Nan took me to see "Man of La Mancha" - and her being very concerned because there was a 'rape' scene. I think I was about 14 at the time. I can't think specifically of other shows or films we went to see. Yes I can - Fiddler on the Roof was another favourite. Found this on the net about J. C. Williamson's who put on most of the live shows in those days.
|From the 1970 program - Charles West as Don Quixote|
It would have been in 1967 that I saw La Mancha. It seems Charles West played Don Quixote, as he did in the return season in 1970.
Another treat was going to the Myer Bargain Basement - where you really could get bargains. The only way you could get to it was to walk down the sweeping staircase just inside the front door of the Bourke Street store. I'm not sure if it was in the basement, but I fondly remember the hot nut bar, where you could buy scoops of freshly roasted nuts.