Boy & Girl Riding Tricycle in Front of Henhouses, Springvale, 1950s
Registration Number: MM 110924
Photographer: Robert Bunting
Girl in knitted cardigan, riding a tricycle, with infant boy riding behind, in front of hen houses.
This photograph shows Janet and Ron Bunting riding a tricycle, 1950s, aged 5 and 3. This photograph was taken outside the sheds at their parents' poultry farm in Springvale. Janet remembers: "The chook sheds were always clean and nice smelling. Not a problem to play next to. The hens were allowed into runs during the day. They would roost at night in the hen house, and you would close the hatch to keep foxes out. This farm was before the era of 'battery' hens".
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