Middle Park - The Way We Were introduces the reader to daily life as it used to be in our suburb: our early shops and the way we shopped in them, decades and even a century, ago; the role that the beach and bowling club played in our social development; the way the suburb was laid out and developed from the beginning; the disappearances of the milkman and his horse and cart, and a bit later, all the large and small industries that once dotted our suburb. It tells too the stories of some of the young men who went to the Great War and didn’t come back, and invites some of our Greek neighbours to tell their own stories of how they left their homeland and came here as migrants in the 1960s and 70s. Lastly, we hear some tales of the darker side of Middle Park, of robbery, mystery and murder.
Readers investigating The Way We Were will find much to surprise (and delight) them. Who was Madame Brussels? Where could you swim and sunbathe naked? Were there really three butcher’s shops in Armstrong Street - all at the same time? What did the Milkap factory make? Where could you go dancing every Saturday night? Was your house once a shop? Or was your apartment once part of a factory? There is a real sense in these pages of knowing and enjoying what was here before us.