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Life in the Back Yard


Sepia Saturday suggested clothes lines and all things related for this week’s topic.  I think we all have samples of washing photo-bombing our photos taken in the back yard.

And this one is no exception – a frame from a home movie taken in Melbourne c1960.

bringing in the washing 2The back yard is closely related to the clothes line and its display of washing , whether it be a wire propped up with a pole or an Australian Hills Hoist.  And the back yard of  a spec house bought in the 1950s was just that – a  backyard free of landscaping and usually without a garage.  A garage  was a later addition and was usually built apart from the house.

So in my washing photo you can’t see that the garage has been added to the back yard.  First buy the car and then build the garage around it. The house next door is also getting its garage at the same time.   It must be the weekend as the garages were home built. The clothes line is there but no washing that day.

Back yards were also where many of the family photos were taken, this one in 1962,  and you can see the corner of the garage and imagine the washing to the right.

Sally in bassinetAnd where is this lass today.  She is on the final day of an eight day trek of the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea.  She has gone as an adult role model/mentor  on the annual trek run by the Geelong Police for some troubled youths and the party consists of police, twelve youths and some adults. There are  local porters to help too.  This is a video of the 2013 trek. The Kokoda  Trail is important to Australians as it is where our Militia repelled the Japanese forces advancing on Australia.

But whatever you are doing or wherever you go the washing goes with you, whether its rinsing out your smalls  while trekking  Kokoda or having a holiday at Kennett River c1960 as below.

bringing in the washing - kennettx riverMore displays of washing can be seen at this weeks Sepia Saturday site.