Do you remember has been the opening sentence of this article for a number of years.
During this time, I have been fortunate to have people approach me in the street, email and call to share some of their stories and memories.
Recently, I received an interesting email from Harry Smith who emigrated from England to Australia in the 60’s and he proudly told me how he and his young family came across as “ten pound poms”.
It actually cost Harry and his wife 20 pounds, 10 pounds for each adult.
Harry aged 24, his wife and their two young children started their journey to their new home in 1967.
In his email, he explained how he had started his research and desire to come to Australia way back in 1958 just after leaving school as the economy in England at the time was in a depressed state.
What a leap of faith by this young family – to come to something so unknown was certainly a brave decision but no doubt now they are very pleased they did.
Harry explained how he rented his first home for his young family in Swan View Road, Greenmount.
He was introduced to the property by local legend agent Roy Weston who himself actually drove him around to find the home in the old days of true service.
Midland and the surrounding areas presented opportunities to many families who came to WA from Europe in that era.
Europe was still recovering from the war times and we as a country were looking to grow.
Harry explained he was a Yorkshire Lad, in his words, so was naturally attracted to the Perth Hills.
It is important to remember the significant role Midland and the surrounding areas have played to support, with employment and facilities, many who started their new lives in WA.
It is something we should collectively be proud of and share with others.
This area is evolving again and its importance will only grow more in the coming years with the further development in the region.
Thank you Harry for your email, I am glad that you enjoy the memories we share and appreciate you taking the time to share your story.
If you have any memories like Harry’s, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Milton Rendell, chief executive officer, Real Estate Plus