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Narelle Hanly

Narelle Hanly


OLEV MUSKA: So Narelle, you’ve been here for quite some time.

NARELLE HANLY: In and out of town.

OLEV: In and out of town. When you say ‘in and out’, what do you mean?

NARELLE: Raised here. Went to primary school in the area and left and lived in the east for a little while and moved back here 1976, having been away on and off probably from about 1972, so … but, as a child, I can remember coming to these shops at North Strathfield. There was a hardware shop - Mr Francis had the hardware shop - Kaye’s Liquor which I think is now gone, I’m not quite sure of the timing of that. There was also, I remember, a fruit market, I think, on the corner, possibly where … might be where the Commonwealth Bank used to be in that block, on this Parramatta Road end corner. There used to be a fruit shop where we would bring our newspapers up and get paid by quantity of newspapers. I can remember when the Chinese restaurant Liu Rose was the first restaurant in town and anybody who knows this area now knows we’re very well serviced with lots of little restaurants. But the Liu Rose, at my … when I completed the HSC in 1971 … we came up for a big night out at the Liu Rose. I think mum and dad probably had a bottle of Porphyry Pearl, so it’s kind of telling you what the timing was.

Porphry Pearl

OLEV: Wow!

NARELLE: Yeah, exactly, and I’m quite sure we would have had sweet and sour chicken or something for dinner, so that would have been 1971, and … apart from that I think, probably because I grew up at the end of Concord West - so, right down the end of Queen Street - there were shops which … that strip shopping centre is still there, but it’s very different now. But that would have been where we did a lot of our shopping. It would have been certainly what brought us up here was the newspapers - that was in lieu of our pocket money. I think we scavenged the local throw-out newspapers of all the neighbours, so it was probably the early recycling, really, without ever knowing it and we certainly used to be able to bring our bottles up and get our …

OLEV: I was going to say, you could probably get a refund on those, couldn’t you?

NARELLE: It was probably about a halfpenny at the time - well 1971 it would have been about a cent I suppose so, yeah, but so the bottles came up here as well. I’m not quite sure that … I mean, I do recollect a bit more now about Concord West shops as opposed to the North Strathfield but I know we used to come up here for those things so … pellets for the chooks we used to get from Mr Francis.




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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