05Dec

I was in the West Footscray State School Mother’s Club over 50 years ago while my son and daughter attended the school. We met in the old wooden hut across from the main building. It is still there now. It was quite lively and full of some 30 or 40 mothers meeting to raise funds for the school. The president was Norma Johnson. Each Wednesday ( or was it a Tuesday? ) we met and played Housie Housie ( better known as Bingo ). For prizes we would make up something useful. For a 5 shillings prize I usually made up a couple of face flannels and a bar of soap. Other times we would go to Komp’s studio in Barkly Street for a sauna or the YMCA to play bowls. We would also accompany school groups to the school dentist in Geelong Road.

Each year the school had a fete: competitions, homemade lamingtons, cakes, fairy floss and so on. I ran the Jumble Stall. You can see me in the picture with my arm around the statue of  Jumbo the elephant. This was taken in 1965 or 66. There was an international theme for each stall. Mine was Indian which is why I am wearing my idea of a sari ( actually a curtain. ) I remember doing good business each year. The money we raised was spent on book prizes at the end of the year for the top students as well as equipment and so on. I remember the Mother’s Club as a very busy and friendly past time.