It was part of the life of many a girl to learn how to tinkle the ivories, to play a pretty tune, to accompany a singalong around the piano, to be able to play a waltz or a barn dance for a bit of dancing, and once even to sit on a stage at a grand piano to accompany a school choir.
But the earliest photo I have was taken in the beer garden at the old pub at Porepunkah in 1953. It was called the beer garden but it was simply a ramshackle lean-to at the back of a quaint old pub.
I have mentioned Porepunkah before in Honeymoon in he Snow – 1929 as it is where you branch off from the valley road to go up the mountain to the Mount Buffalo Chalet. This Ovens Valley was a great place for growing tobacco until recently Because the Chalet was “dry” guests would often wander down to the Porepunkah Pub for a bit of variety.
Later a young one started to take an interest in the piano
This piano is rather special as it had belonged to a family whose only son was a talented pianist. But he died of polio at age 17. When it became clear that the family could no longer bear to have his piano in the house we were lucky enough to buy it.
The young one later learned to play.
And with a little hesitation I add this newspaper cutting c1952 from the Castlemaine Mail.
Students will do anything to earn some money and all you needed was to be able to keep a good regular beat. Good on our fire brigades. I turned on the news at 7 am this morning to hear that a grass fire was under way about 5 km from here on the outskirts of town. It was soon brought under control by men with 17 fire trucks . The section of our Country Fire Authority which deals with these fires are volunteers and we can’t praise them highly enough. At the moment the idea is to tie a red balloon to your fence or tree or car to show that you appreciate what our volunteers are doing for us.