Fredriksen Paul Sverre [Mann] f. 04 FEB 1949 Midland, Ontario, Canada
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Memories of Constitution Road
Elsie was born on 14th January 1913 in Broken Hill, the second oldest of 7 children. She moved to Constitution Road at the age of 10 and has lived here for 78 years in 3 different houses. This book describes her memories of the area and life in Ryde. She has 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
The early years
My father, Ernest, was a miner and worked in the zinc and silver mines. He was originally from Homebush. My mother, Margaret, moved from Macdonaldtown with her family to Broken Hill. After they were married, my parents had 2 daughters, Eileen and me, in Broken Hill before returning to Sydney to live in Camperdown. Four more children were born during the 9 years the family lived in Camperdown: Tom, Neil, Jack and Mary. My youngest brother, Ernie, was born in Constitution Road when the family moved here just before my 10th birthday.
Growing up in Constitution Road.
I went to school at St. Michaels in Meadowbank from the age of 10 to 13, when I left school. The school was just a shed, and children of all ages were in the class together. Union Street and Constitution Road were dirt roads at the time, and my brothers used to play cricket in the street, as there was hardly any traffic. Cows walked along Constitution Road to the dairy, which was located at the back of our places. The dairy ran from Bowden Street to the back of number 11 Constitution Road and back as far as Thorn Street. It was where Richard Johnson Crescent is today. The cows and milk carts got through to the dairy at the end of our row of houses. The dairy was owned by Mr. Hughes, who lived in 23 Constitution Road. There were only narrow bitumen footpaths (many current residents will remember that the old bitumen footpath was only replaced with the concrete one a few years ago!). Our row of houses was not new when we moved here. Numbers 7, 9 and 11 were there when we arrived, but 13 was a vacant block. A couple built a home there and moved in when they got married. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, Salvation Army people, lived at 11, and the Moran's lived at 9. The McCartney's at 21 left after a while, and the Hicks family moved in. Number 21 was the only weatherboard house in the street. Where the 2 factories are today, next to 22, there was a big house owned by the Muirhouses. The people who bought their house later turned it into a boarding house. In each house there was a wood fired copper in the laundry, and a fuel stove in the kitchen. Mr. Benson owned all the houses from number 15 to 31, plus the land that the dairy was on. He also owned the land on the other side of the road where it dips, and Totalisaters factory was built there about 50 years ago. Land cost 5 pounds an acre at that time.
I lived at number 15 until got married. The house had an inside laundry and bathroom, and a toilet down the backyard. The sanitary man came to empty the toilet every Monday, and I was always to scared to go to the toilet in case they opened the trap door at the back while I was there! The toilet used to fill up too quickly with such a big family, so my father put water in a kerosene tin and the boys had to wee in that. We used the water on the veggie garden! Nearly everyone grew veggies in the backyard, but we had grass in the front yard that had to be cut with a hand mower. We had all open fires for heating and no running hot water. Men selling fruit, rabbits and clothes props came round on a horse and cart, and we had milk, bread and ice delivered, because we didn't have a fridge in those days. Mr. Benson collected the rent of 2 shillings and sixpence a week. I remember there were lovely houses on the other side of the street: the "rich" side. The Andersons lived at 22. Doug Anderson's father was mayor of Ryde, then went into parliament. The houses went right along to Belmore Street, and down the dip to Bowden Street too. Where the Hoover factory was on the corner of Belmore Street and Constitution Road, there used to be a big two story house. It had a lift in it, and their land went right back to Thistle Street. An old man who looked after the garden lived in the first house in Thistle Street and used to get paid in gold coins. The owners of the big house made sauces in a factory in Camperdown and, despite being wealthy, they didn't have a car and chauffeur. They caught the steam train from Meadowbank station. A tram ran from Circular Quay to the Civic Center in Top Ryde. The little shop at the end of Constitution Road in Belmore Street was a grocers and we got our shopping there. Very little came in cans in those days, only jam. Most goods were weighed and came in paper bags. A lot of the rubbish could be dug into the garden as compost. There were a couple of shops at the station too. Top Ryde had a few drapery shops, a grocers, post office, and chemist. The shops were all on Blaxland Road. A bus, run by Mr. Walker and his sons, went along Constitution road to Gladesville, and the fare was about fivepence. There were no bus stops, the bus just stopped wherever the passengers were. I was about 16 when the first cars came in. At the end of Bowden Street there was a punt to Rhodes where the ferry is today. There was a boat shed, owned by Mr and Mrs Gail, where they cooked the prawns they had caught and you could buy a box for a shilling. The river would flood every year with the Christmas tides, up to where the roundabout is today. The river hasn't flooded since it was dredged though.
The area between Constitution Road and Top Ryde was all paddocks in those days, and there was a little sandstone cottage in Bowden Street, where Henry Parkes lived. There were a few older houses in Thorn Street and Belmore Street, and the police station was where it is today, although there was no courthouse. The bridge over the railway line existed, but there were paddocks in the area of Lower Constitution Road.
As a teenager I went dancing every night at the Trocadero in the city. If I missed the last train home, I used to catch the paper train and ask them to let me off in Meadowbank. There was a dance in the Town Hall at Top Ryde too. Mr. Dobson, or "old Dobby", the policeman used to keep order and make sure everyone went home after the dance. After I left school I worked in printing places in the city until I got married.
Married life and the war years.
I married Norman when I was 18. He worked on the wharves, which was hard work in those days. I met Norman when I helped my neighbors move to the Rocks, to the house next door to where he lived. Norman and I lived at number 17 Constitution Road when we were married. My parents separated soon after, and they both married again.
A public school was where Meadowbank TAFE is today, and American soldiers were based there during the war.
My brother, Jack, went to war. He was in the 9th Division of the army and served with the Tubruk Rats. Tom was in the merchant navy and used to load the ammunition. NeIl worked on the trams during the war, and Mary was in the army, stationed at North Head. Ernie was in the 8th Division of the army and went to Borneo. My husband was working on the wharves during the war, and they loaded soldiers in broad daylight onto a ship that was supposed to be a hospital ship. It was sunk just outside the Heads. I stayed home during the war and our house was a base for my brothers' mates when they were on leave. We used to have big parties -my brothers and sisters, and their partners and friends. There was lots of singing and dancing. The people across the road at number 22 used to sit on the porch to listen.
After the war
Sixty three years ago, I moved to number 25.
When I was 36 I started work at Totalisators. There were no other factories in the area. Near Rhodes station there was a steel factory, doing something for the railways. Arnotts biscuit factory was at Concord West. Most people living around Meadowbank probably worked at the factories, I suppose. Then Hoover bought the large house on the comer to put up a factory, thinking that our whole row of houses would become available, but the council wouldn't allow it. When they demolished the house, I sent my son to buy the bath for 5 pounds, and I still use it today!
Background historical notes
From ""A basic history of Ryde 1792-1980" by Ryde Historical Society.
Isaac Shepherd was one of Ryde's leading citizens in the mid 18005. He was an MP from 1860 to 1864, and played a leading role in establishing the first Ryde Public School. He gave land for the first police station or "watch house'. He was a prosperous man and built a large home at Meadowbank called "Hellenic". He also laid the foundation stone of the Methodist church in 1870. James Devlin owned much land in the vicinity of what is now Devlin Street. In 1845 he built ""Ryde House", later called "Willandra".
The name ""Meadowbank" comes from the name given by Captain Bennett to his home ""Meadow Bank". Ryde was named after Ryde in the Isle of Wight, UK.
Number 11 Constitution Road was built in 1898 by Andrew Isaac Goodwin. He lived there from 1898 to 1909 when he moved to Belmore Street.
Story told by Elsie Written by Bey (Elsie's neighbor)
Published May 2001
Also worked at sea (as father) and later on the wharves for many years. (letter from Brian).
In Bryans letter, father is only called Norman, not Morten Norman
Seaman on Morten bay until he was 25. Then worked on "wharve's" until he was 74. He lived in Sydney in a suburb called Glebe for most of that time, then moved to Brians house in Ryde because his eyesight became weak and he had cataracs on both eyes, (Letter from Brian)
Hørte til gamle Eidane slekten
Fartstid (utenriks) m Fearnley & Eger:
Fra Til Varighet Fartøy Farts art Stilling Kommentar
8/12 1924 -> 1/ 5 1926: 17 mnd S/S Eksjø Fraktfart Dekksgutt, Jungmann, Lettmatros
20/ 8 1926 -> 16/ 4 1919: 32 mnd M/S Fernhill Linjefart Letttmatros, Matros
16/ 7 1929 -> 14/ 9 1932: 38 mnd M/S Fernglen Linjefart Matros, Båtsmann
3/ 3 1933 -> 23/ 5 1933: 2 mnd T/S Garonne Tankfart Matros
5/ 7 1934 -> 4/ 9 1936: 26 mnd M/S Ferncliff Linjefart Båtsmann
1/ 8 1937 -> 15/ 1 1938: 5 mnd M/S Fernglen Linjefart Båtsmann
15/ 1 1938 -> 20/11 1941: 46 mnd M/S Fernglen Linjefart 3. Styrmann Overflyttning
20/11 1941 -> 15/ 3 1942: 4 mnd S/S Biscaya Fraktfart 2. Styrmann Overflyttning
16/ 3 1942 -> 24/ 9 1943: 18 mnd M/S Fernhill Fraktfart 2. Styrmann Torpedert
18/10 1943 -> 20/11 1945: 25 mnd M/S Ferncliff Fraktfart 2. Styrmann
20/11 1945 -> 20/ 4 1947: 17 mnd M/S Ferncliff Fraktfart Overstyrmann
22/ 9 1948 -> 5/11 1949: 14 mnd M/S Ferncape Linjefart Overstyrmann Overflyttning
6/11 1949 -> 31/ 4 1950: 5 mnd M/S Fernsea Linjefart Overstyrmann Overflyttning
1/ 5 1950 -> 30/11 1950: 7 mnd M/S Ferngulf Linjefart Fører Vikar
30/11 1950 -> 27/ 4 1954: 40 mnd M/S Ferndale Linjefart Fører
13/10 1954 -> 18/10 1954: 5 dager M/S Fernglen Linjefart Fører Vikar
11/12 1954 -> 24/12 1954: 13 dager M/S Fernriver Linjefart Fører Vikar
1/ 8 1955 -> 10/ 3 1958: 31 mnd M/S Fernmoor Linjefart Fører Ferie
11/ 8 1958 -> 7/ 3 1962: 43 mnd M/S Fernmoor Linjefart Fører Ferie
1/ 9 1962 -> 16/ 9 1963: 12 mnd M/S Fernleaf Linjefart Fører Vikar
17/ 9 1963 -> 15/10 1964: 13 mnd M/S Fernmoor Linjefart Fører Ferie
10/ 3 1965 -> 10/ 9 1966: 18 mnd M/S Fernlake Linjefart Fører Ferie
27/12 1966 -> 10/ 5 1968: 19 mnd M/S Fernspring Fraktfart Fører Ferie
9/ 9 1968 -> 6/ 5 1970: 20 mnd M/S Fernspring Fraktfart Fører Ferie
15/10 1970 -> 25/ 8 1971: 10 mnd M/S Fernriver Fraktfart Fører Ferie
1/11 1971 -> 14/ 9 1972: 10 mnd M/S Fernspring Fraktfart Fører Sluttet sjøen
YL Radio website shows Josephine Ryan (#8 first row from right) in First Graduating Class. H.D.S. Wireless Operators - 1942, Radio College of Canada, Toronto, Ontario.
"On July 24, 1944, a Toronto YL,Josephine Ryan born on Dec. 22, 1915 joined the m/v Ferncliffe. Twice her ship was attacked by German submarines in crossings between the United States and England, both times escaping unharmed. In November of '45 Josephine married the Ferncliffe's Chief Officer, Alv Fredriksen, and they made one trip together as husband and wife before Josephine left the sea to make her permanent home in Norway."
Riksarkivet Norge states Josephine (Ryan) Fredriksen sailed as 2 radioperator on M/S Ferncliff from 24 July 1944 th 10 Nov 1945.
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