Maisy Day – Interview Transcript

Interview Transcript from Illawarra Stories Wollongong City Libraries Oral History Project – Maisy Day

Interviewer: Marisa O’Connor

Marisa  I’m talking to Maisy Day of Woonona. Go ahead Maisy.

Maisy  Oh, hello.

Marisa  Your name?

Maisy  Maisy Day.

Marisa  And your date of birth, Maisy.

Maisy  16th of January 1929.

Marisa  And where were you born?

Maisy  In Queensland. Um, oh, I can’t think of the name of the place now. It was only a little place [laughs].

Marisa  And, um, did you, um, the schools that you attended, were they down here?

Maisy  Yes.

Marisa  What school did you-?

Maisy  Thirroul.

Marisa  Yes. Thirroul Public School?

Maisy  Yes. And, um, Home Science at Wollongong.

Marisa  Yes.

Maisy  Yeah.

Marisa  Do you remember any of the teachers at Thirroul Public School?

Maisy  Yes, Miss Love.

Marisa  Okay.

Maisy  Who else? Oh, she was me favourite, she was lovely.

Marisa  And your mother’s name, Maisy, what was your mother’s name?

Maisy  My adopted mother?

Marisa  Yes.

Maisy  Yeah. Um, Catherine May Atkinson.

Marisa  Okay.

Maisy  This is, um, before she was married you mean.

Marisa  Yeah, that’s good. And your father’s name?

Maisy  John Thomas Dwyer.

Marisa  Dwyer. And you were adopted, you said.

Maisy  Mm, yes.

Marisa  Um, and, um, your um, you were married to, what was your husband’s name?

Maisy  Harold Bradbury.

Marisa  And, um, and you lived, did you ever live in the, The Waves?

Maisy  The Waves, yes.

Marisa  You did live there?

Maisy  I, yeah yeah, from when I was a, a baby I lived there.

Marisa  Yes.

Maisy  Until I, I got married.

Marisa  Okay. And then you moved to where?

Maisy  Oh, to, oh, I still lived there for quite a few years and then we moved to Woonona. Marisa Right.

Maisy  Lang Street, Woonona.

Marisa  Right.

Maisy  Mm.

Marisa  And, um, did you have, you and your husband have any children, Maisy?

Maisy  Yes. Four children, three boys and a girl.

Marisa  Are you able to tell me their first names?

Maisy  Yeah, the eldest one was Dennis John and the next one was Clive Patrick and the next one was Andrew Francis. And then there was Annemarie.

Marisa  And what were your early memories of Thirroul?

Maisy  Oh, we lived, it was a great place to live in, you know, everybody was friendly and everyone knew everybody else. Yeah, not like it is these days, you know.

Marisa  Is it, you find it different today?

Maisy  Oh, yes. People more or less keep to themselves, you know.

Marisa  Okay. The beaches, did you, um, did you go for swimming, did you-?

Maisy  Oh, yes, at Thirroul. Although, see, I didn’t have anybody to go with, but my father used to take me swimming a lot. I’d go with other children as I grew bigger, yeah.

Marisa  Right, right. And was it, um, in the pool or the rock pool or the-?

Maisy  Yeah.

Marisa  Or the surf.

Maisy  In the pool, oh, and the surf.

Marisa  Um, and, um, I heard about the early butcher shops in Thirroul, do you remember any of the early shops?

Maisy  Yes, Gwyther’s shop.

Marisa  What did Gwyther do? He was a butcher?

Maisy  Yes he owned it, and, um, besides that there was, um, oh God, I can’t think of the name of the other one. I know it as well as anything. It was a company, Illawarra, was it Illawarra Meats, yes, I think it was.

Marisa  Okay, yes, yes.

Maisy  Yeah.

Marisa  I think they’re still around. And we were talking about the early transport as well, um, the Dion’s bus.

Maisy  Oh, yes, I remember them. Yes, because there was a piece in the paper just a couple of days ago about Mr Dion, you know, how kind he was to everybody. If they didn’t have any money, didn’t matter, he still took them. [laughs]

Marisa  Yes, yes. And that, um, the Dion’s only went up to Austinmer and then there was another bus company that went up further up to Coledale. Do you remember that bus company?

Maisy  Oh, no, I can’t say I did because I only ever went as far as, as Austinmer really [laughs].

Marisa  Um, and did you work Maisy? Did you, were you a housewife or did you do-

Maisy  Yeah.

Marisa  Any sort of training?

Maisy  Oh yes, I did work for a while at the Steelworks in the office and then at Lysaghts.

Marisa  Okay, yes.

Maisy  Yeah.

Marisa  Right. Um, and they were good days?

Maisy  Oh, yes.

Marisa  Yes, they were good days.

Maisy  Yes. I can remember that next door, you know, that lady that I got me photo taken with when I was a baby.

Marisa  Yes.

Maisy  Well her daughter she was 18 months older than me, Joy, and I still keep in touch with her. She lives on the Gold Coast now.

Marisa  And what did you do for entertainment? I heard about the early picture show.

Maisy  Oh, yes picture shows and there was mostly, um, with horses and things, like rodeos. Marisa Oh, okay.

Maisy  That sort of thing.

Marisa  Like, um, yes, like the agricultural shows.

Maisy  Yeah

Marisa  Those, that type of thing.

Maisy  All the towns had one of those.

Marisa  Right.

Maisy  Yes.

Marisa  That was, um, and that was held quite regularly was it?

Maisy  Oh yes, every year, mm.

Marisa  Right, right. But that would have been a big thing for the community.

Maisy  Yes.

Marisa  All right. Well, thank you.