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Andrew Kyriakou

Andrew Kyriakou just LOVED those Mint Bobbies


OLEV MUSKA: You've been living in this area for some time, have you?

ANDREW KYRIAKOU: 38 years now.

OLEV: Yeah? Wow. Born here?

ANDREW: Yeah, born here, yeah. 38 years this year, yeah.

OLEV: You remember the old days, with Kelly's Milk Bar?

ANDREW: Yeah, I remember I was … I would have been two, three years old back then … two three years old back then. I used to every Sunday, after we used to came back from church, I used to go into … I don't know if you remember the Bobbies?

OLEV: Oh yeah …

ANDREW: The Mint Bobbies? … yeah, they were my favourite, yeah, I used to … they were 30 cents back in those days. Yeah, 30 cents. I used to get something like $1.50 or something and get three or four.

OLEV: She'd throw an extra one in?

ANDREW: Yeah, I think so. I can't remember that well back then. I remember because they were my favourite out of all the lollies. I used to get the Mint Bobbies back then.

OLEV: So you were coming back from the church service …

ANDREW: Yeah, back from the church service. Dad used to chant at my Godfathers Church in the City, off Oxford Street, so when Dad used to come home, we used to, like, race go up the road, 'cause we used to live behind the shop and I used to just … zia Eva … used to be in the shop and I used to like go in and get 3 or 4 Bobbies.

OLEV: Excellent! And Eva Kelly was a nice helpful lady, wasn't she?

ANDREW: Yes, she was back then and she still is! She's a very, very, very nice lady.

OLEV: You still keep in touch?

ANDREW: I still keep in touch with her. The sons I'm very close to as well … now one of the grandsons … actually, practically nearly all the family because, my mother and Eva Kelly come from the same village back in Cyprus. They’re both from the same village back in Cyprus. They’re both from St. Nick in Cyprus.



In response to community consultation, a number of local residents were interviewed and recorded. The sessions took place in December 2012 and February 2013 at Concord Library.

A short excerpt from each resident appears on this website. Together, they form a cross-section of insights into the wonderful community that is of and around the North Strathfield area.

The full interviews will be archived and available for borrowing at the City of Canada Bay Council Library Services.

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