Elsie Baird

Elsie Baird nee Looney was born in 1923 in Wollongong and grew up and lived in Coniston all her life. Elsie recalls how the economic depression of the 1920s affected people in the Illawarra and how her father, who owned the produce store A C Looney’s Produce, helped those out of work.

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Osborne Street – [29] Gladstone Avenue – Business – Crown Street – David Jones Store – Dairy Farmers – Station Street – Coal Mines Mechanized – Pit Horses – West Wollongong Primary School – St Mary’s School – Class Distinction – Coal miners – Horse & buggy – Greyhounds – Racing – Betting – World War I – Clydesdale Horses – Rest Park – Rex Connor MP – Coledale – Tom Baird – Eileen Phillips – Daphne Phillips  – John Phillips – Methodist – Migrants – Steelworks  – Fort Drummond – Port Kembla Harbour – Transport – Westfield Shops – World War II – Light Horse Regiment – Sarah Wilkinson

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