Boy & Girl Standing on Hay Bales Loaded on Trailer, Springvale, 1950s
Registration Number: MM 110923
Photographer: Robert Bunting
Boy and girl standing on hay bales loaded onto a trailer.
This photograph shows Janet Bunting and her brother Ron on top of straw bales for their family's poultry farm, Springvale, 1950s. Janet remembers that the straw she and Ron were sitting on would have been intended for the poultry sheds. The car was a Ford V8. The property was eventually sold. The soil there is sandy, and the ground was used for sandpits. The house was moved and it is now in Dingley.
After Janet's father Robert returned from WWII, he and his wife Shirley were 'a little unsettled'. Shirley thought it would be nice to live in the country. Shirley's mother Alice Gallagher went to Springvale, looked at different properties and put a five pound deposit on a 10 acre farm in Clarke Street. Alice, Shirley and Robert started a poultry farm, although they'd never run a farm before. Robert had to take other jobs as well, including driving a bus, to make ends meet. Grandma Alice Gallagher and Shirley looked after the hens. The farm also included a lemon tree orchard.
Bunting, Janet; Bunting, Ron
Contributed by Mrs Janet Soo
Reproduction Rights: Museum Victoria