|Cover from interview by Paula Grunsett with Ashley Hay|
I was intrigued as my grandmother "Molly" Mary Constance Callcott (nee Joy) had been a Railwayman's wife in Thirroul during the 1930's, as also had her sister-in-law, my great aunt Marjorie Louisa Joy (nee Tollner), during the 1930's-50's.
|The Joy - Callcott Railwaymen's Families in Thirroul|
|Lucy Callcott, Wife of Railwayman, Alf Callcott (in his Railway Uniform)|
In the Illawarra Mercury article, Ashley Hay described how her grandfather had worked on the railway and was killed in an accident in the early 1950's - and how her grandmother then worked in the Library that used to be at the Thirroul Railway Institute Hall. And again, coincidentally, my grandfather Russ Callcott, and my great uncle, Ken Joy both worked at the railway at that time. It seems that Ashley and I had both grown up in the Thirroul area in roughly the same era.
|Wild Seas at Sandon Point near where the Jetty used to be.|
Other shared memories - the Glass Roundhouse just over the railway line from my parents' Redman Avenue Thirroul home, the Hardie Rubber Factory where my Grandmother Molly Callcott, worked after the breakdown of her marriage and was a single mother raising her five kids.
|"Molly" Mary Constance Callcott (Far left) out with Thirroul Hardie Rubber Factory Workmates in early 1950's|