|Roy and Hazel Herbert|
On the weekends, a very popular past time for the locals was to go out into the bush, bike riding and picnicking with their families. Roy and Hazel would join their friends on the weekend, with their youngest daughter riding on the front of the bike. While researching life in Broken Hill, I recently came across a blog (NSW2880.com), which has an interesting article on Motorcycle Mania in Broken Hill. This article talks about the social side of motorcycle riding in Broken Hill:
|Roy, Hazel and members of their family - weekend family picnic|
My mother remembers the family returning home from the Sunday family picnics and her Mum would cook up a huge pile of pancakes for Sunday night dinner!!!
In the mid 1940's the family moved from their home in Brazil Street to a new house in McGowan Street. The children, finished high school and joined the workforce. They all led busy social lifes, attending dances, playing tennis, swimming and bike riding on the weekends.
With her health failing Hazel found that she needed to rest more often. However in early 1951, both Hazel and Roy travelled all the way to the south coast of NSW for a rare holiday. The trip was to meet the parents of their future son-in-law Malcolm Shepherd, Christina and Lionel Carriage, the trip which was over 1000kms, the longest trip they had ever made. I have shared a wonderful photo taken on this trip of Hazel and Christina on Family Stories: Photographs and Memories.
|Photo of Hazel (front left hand side) visiting family.|
In a letter dated 11 September 1957, she writes to her daughter, sharing her concerns about Moreen's sisters, their marriages and her grandchildren.
" I still can't help feeling scared of a number of things. Faye was over this afternoon for some of her things. Poor kid looks really worn out. I would give the world to be able to help her along."
She has sent small gifts to Moreen for the children and signs off.
"I must sign off now and get some badly needed rest, so with lots of love to you all, we remain your loving Mum and Dad". At the end of the letter is a little PPS:
"Anxiously awaiting your arrival, Love Mother".
Just after this letter was written, Moreen, moved back to her parent's home in Broken Hill with her toddler, Diane (me) and twin babies (Larraine and Nancy) to look after her mother and father. Hazel, at the age of 47, passed away on the 30 October 1957 a little over 5 weeks after this letter was written.
* Motor Cycle Mania, http://westyunited.com/blog/1983/01/01/motor-cycle-mania/, viewed 1/9/12