|My Dad (left) and his mate Brian,|
up on the back trellis fence.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt photo is from a series of images showing the areas in Sydney affected by the outbreak of bubonic plague in 1900.
The suggestion is fences, backyards and bubonic plague.
I have fences, a big backyard and a polio epidemic.
Australia’s first polio epidemic was between July 1937 and July 1938. In 1947-48 and 1951-2 Australia had its 2nd and 3rd polio epidemics.
Most of those affected were children under the age of 14.
My parents remember a little about these epidemics.
During one of these epidemics, my Mum’s parents sent her and her little sister to her grandparents farm in the Western District of Victoria for a month or so.
Mum thinks her mother was with them for most if not all of this time.
She can remember helping around the farm, feeding turkeys and lambs, and also having picnics.
|Mum (right) and her sister on the farm with |
some kittens (paling fence around backyard)
Mum said they went for a very long time but it may have only been a month – everything seems longer when you are a kid!
My Dad was still living in country Victoria, in Yallourn at the time of the 1947-48 epidemic.
He thinks they were probably a bit isolated down there so wasn’t aware of much.
Both of my parents were living in Melbourne at the time of the 1951-52 epidemic.
They can remember, “kids just disappeared from school, never to be seen again”.
Dad says he remembers friends (young people) in iron lungs.
They then reminded me of the fuss I made when taken to get my polio vaccine. Seems I was a source of amusement for my brothers!
Time to stop the questions :)
|Mum (right) and her sister feeding lambs, and keeping an eye on their|
cousin Tony and his mate (barbed wire fence - very big backyard)
|Mum (right), her sister and Nanna (Sarah Long) feeding turkeys on the farm|
with a post and rail fence
|Mum (left) with her sister and cousin Tony on the farm|
(fence in background and big backyard)