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Nine decades of memories

In recent times I've taken the opportunity to sit down with some nonagenarians - that's people aged in their 90s - to hear a sampling of their recollections. What follows is a selection shared by Leonie Leben and Ken Watt, who grew up in Merewether and Cooks Hill, respectively. Leonie Leben. Photo by Greg Ray Leonie Leben grew up in the Newcastle suburb of Merewether and was a schoolgirl during the years of World War 2. Her father, Leopold "Bob" Hay, spent most of his working life on Newcastle Harbour, on dredges and tugs operated by…

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The Coffee Pot at Toronto.

The Coffee Pot, at Toronto and Merewether

It looked a lot like an old-fashioned outdoor toilet with wheels, with its weatherboard cladding and hopelessly unstreamlined shape. But the "Coffee Pot" was a remarkably serviceable little steam tram motor that functioned from 1899 to 1909 as a weekend picnic conveyance at Toronto and later as a coal-hauling engine at Howley's Colliery at Merewether. The Coffee Pot, looking its best, with trail car attached. The Coffee Pot was built in Sydney by Hudson Brothers. It was originally owned by Thomas Saywell, owner of coal interests on the NSW South Coast. It was used on the…

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