Alf and Bertha Wintle outside their home at 28 Rosebery Street about 1960
Alf and Bertha were my grandparents. They moved into the house around 1937. We lived there for approx 10 years in the late 60s & 70s. I remember playing on the street until it was dark. We had a look-out who would yell "car" whenever one came around the corner from Ourimbah Road. We'd all clear off the street while it went past, then go back to playing.
There was a story I remember that the council planted a tree in the nature strip outside of the house. Pa Wintle wasn't happy with this messing up his lawn, and would do frequent checks to see it the plant was still growing by pulling it up and inspecting its roots. The council couldn't work out why the plants kept dying, and eventually gave up!
Susan, Was David Bottril your brother? We lived in 50 Ourimbah Rd, and used to play (in Rosebery St) with David (and his brother?) in the early – mid 1950s. I seem to recall that David’s parents and family moved to Boronia Park after that.
We lived at 66A Ourimbah Road and the Wintles were behind us on the back fence.
I remember “Mrs Wintle” as a kind and generous lady who often invited me and my sister in the kitchen at the back to have cake and a soft drink. She was quite astute as my neighbour, David Wright, would call out rude things to her and then duck behind the fence leaving all the other kids in full view but Mrs Wintle always knew it was David and he never was invited in for a snack. She was a warm and grandmotherly lady who was kind to kids.
David Bottrill is my older cousin. The next one down in age is John. The family moved to Gladesville. You have a good memory!
Thanks Tony for your lovely comments about my Nana. I will pass them on to the family – we are in the process of organising a reunion of all the cousins.
Susan, I seem to remember a Dutch couple who lived with the Wintles for a while; maybe their son’s or daughter’s in-laws? A nice couple; I have a recollection that they had aviaries in the back yard; used to raise small birds?
There was a Dutch couple with a daughter in Roseberry Street opposite the Witles called Fluit and they ran a home cleaning business. Their daughter was Marina know as Ina who was my sister’s friend. Mrs Fluit would check on how clean the houses were after they finished cleaning by running her white glove over a surface. I remember she even ran it along the tops of doors. And they say the Dutch are meticulous with their cleanliness. Well the Fluits were. I don’t know where they went as we left 66A Ourimbah Road in 1967 after 21 years.