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Eileen Hozack

Eileen Hozack


OLEV MUSKA: Did you feel that there was a sense of community here?

EILEEN HOZACK: There's a huge sense of community here. We were welcomed by people in our street. We had a lovely elderly couple - Ted and Dorothy Murphy; they're both passed now - and they were on the doorstep with baked goods when we arrived, and they were the most intriguing couple! He worked from home - had always worked from home. He used to re-thread tennis racquets, so he had a tennis racquet threading business in his backyard and he made picture frames out of his garage, in fact. He was always walking around tinkering, doing things - always walking around with a pair of shears because he had a beautiful garden and great little orchid walks and little French grottoes.

And his son went travelling around the world and met his wife and they settled in France and they live in the lavender fields … and his son makes lutes and is a world-famous lute manufacturer - a hand-baked lute thing … and his name's Stephen Murphy and he’s had a daughter. They both carry - he and his wife carried - a dormant gene and they had three children. Of those three children, Florence was the first one and she was born profoundly deaf and she was one of the first people to receive a cochlea implant in Australia as a child.

OLEV: Wow!

EILEEN: So the Concord heritage or history is spread far and wide. They brought her back here. Unfortunately Stephen is quite a bad … had very bad asthma and eczema and so France suited his lifestyle and business a lot better. But they would come every year … they would come on a plane … do things … but they lived here for a period of time during their childhood. But, as the first person to receive a cochlea implant, they were very proud of that technology. And Ted was very … he was a very statuesque, gentlemanly man, well read and well spoken and he knew … he used to go to Clover Moore's Christmas parties every year. They grew up with … they were the parents of that generation of people and such. There's actually a book called - I can’t remember the name of the author, though – called 'All Piss and Wind' and it was based on the experience of this author - whose name escapes me - on growing up on the Parramatta River and actually building a boat in Ted's backyard with his son, Stephen, to sail on the Parramatta River, and its an interesting little book!



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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