Looking Back - 1939 to 2011 - the Autobiography of Robert V. J. Padula, OAM

1945 - Auburn Schooldays - Part Two

1941 - Bikes and Cars
1943 - Hiking - Hills and Coasts
1944 - Growing up in the War Years - Part 1
1944 - Growing up in the War Years - Part 2
1944 - Growing up in the War Years - Part 3
1945 - Auburn schooldays - Part One
1945 - Auburn Schooldays - Part Two
1945 - Auburn Schooldays - Part Three
1945 - Upwey and the Puffing Billy
1945 - Gramaphones and Record Players
1946 - Flinders St Station
1946 - Astronomy
1946 - Beach and Swimming Adventures
1946 - Going to the Pictures
1947 - Adventures at the Altona Bungalow
1947 -The Listener-In Magazine
1947 - Balwyn WIldlife Sanctuary
1948 - Fishermen's Bend Aerodrome
1948 - Radio Australia QSL cards
1948 - Excursions
1949 - Australian Rules Football
1949 - Radio Monitoring at Auburn
1950 -Trains and Ships
1950 - Radios for Communications
1950 - Radio Listening Clubs in Australia
1950 - World Radio TV Handbook
1950 - Shortwave Radio Propagation Research
1950 - Medium Wave Radio Propagation Research
1950 - Radio and Hobbies Magazines
1950 - Discovering shortwave radio at Auburn
1951 - Photography
1951 - Competitions on local radio stations
1952 - Camp Buxton - YMCA Shoreham
1952 Tennis and Ten Pin Bowling
1953 - Stamp Collectiong
1953 Camberwell High School
1954 - Royal Visit to Melbourne
1954 - Shortwave Radio reception at Auburn
1956 - Melbourne's Olympic Games
1956 - Trainee Telecommunications' Technician
1957 - Trainee Technician - field work
1957 - National Service Registration
1958 - Laverton Air Show
1958 - MOOMBA Parade
1958 - Trainee Technician - field work
1959 - The move to Mont Albert
1960 - Working at Deepdene Telephone Exchange
1963 - Trade Unions, Staff Associations, Industrial Relations
1964 - Senior Technician work in the Melbourne CBD
1964 - Project support for Radio Australia
1964 - Project support for Radio Australia
1964 - Amateur Radio
1964 - Media Writing
1964 -Travels
1964 - Engineering Support for International Broadcasters
1965 - Professional Employment with PMG/Telstra
1967 - Professional Qualifications - Institution of Engineers Australia
1967 - Australian Radio DX Club Photo Gallery (to 1979)
1972 - Wireless Institute of Australia
1972 - Natural disasters in Melbourne
1980 - Australian Radio DX Club Gallery (to 1995)
1981 - Award of the Medal of the Order of Australia
1995 - Padula Books
SPECIAL CHAPTER - Oldtime Australian Radio Drama from the 1930s
SPECIAL CHAPTER - Radio Monitoring Clubs in Australia - 1920 to 1949
SPECIAL CHAPTER - Melbourne Picture Theatres - History - 1906 to 1970

1950 - Craven A cigarette tin

Cigarette Cards and Packets
Not far from Auburn school was the fanous Auburn Hotel (still there!) in Auburn Rd. There was an open yard at the back of the place, and we used to go there often to sort through the rubbish fior cigaratte cards nd the cardboard packaging.


Cigarette and trade cards were a form of advertising card issued from the 19th century to promote goods or services. They were often distributed by merchants or enclosed with products such as bread, cigarettes, coffee and chocolate. Cards often bear the seller's or product name and a pictorial representation of the service or product. In other cases the picture may be unrelated to the product.

Collecting these cards and packets was popular with kids of the time, as is the 21st century equivalent! Many of the cards featured pictures of Australian Rules Footballers or Test Cricketers,and were found in the cigarette packs, I recall that the brand names included Ardath, Lucky Strike, Benson and Hedges, Virginia, Craven-A, Pall Mall.


I used to put the packages and cards in albums and I had hundreds of them!


We used to swap the cards and packages at school.


Not far from the school there was an oval, known to us as "Stackey's Park", officially the Rathmines Rd Reserve. It is still there! We were taken there from time to time for some sort of Phys Ed activity


In the next street, Victoria Rd, there was the Auburn Football Ground (still there!)  We were taken there for cricket (summer) and Australian Rules Footballl (winter). I remember that my position in the footy team was "rover" (nowadays we don't have rovers, but "mid-fielders!)


Around the oval was scrub and trees, with barbed wirer fences to keep things safe. One day, I accidenrtly ran into the top of a barbed wire fence and gashed my chin. The scar is still there!


There was a Scout Hall next to the oval, which I attended as a Cub Scout and, later, as a Boy Scout. I was a "Senior Sixer" in the Cubs, and a Troop Leader in the Scouts.


Opposite the oval, in Victoria Rd, was the Auburn Railway station, a grand edifice which had been built in 1918 when the line was raised. There was a small  shop just outside of the station - we would buy lollies and icecreams there. One day, another kid decided to help himself to some of the produce while I was buying something. Unfortunately for him, the shop owner saw this - he ran out of the shop along Victoria Rd, and the owner caught him. Don't recall what happened next!


Egg Drives

I can recall the Egg Drives in which we participated, in the years 1945 to 1952. We would be divided into teams, two kids to each group, and we would then set out with our bikes, or on foot, as far afield as the neighbouring suburb of Camberwell. The idea was to do a "door-knock" to as many houses as possible, asking for donations of eggs.


We collected hundreds of eggs, and took them back to the school, for distribution to worthy causes.


We transported the googies in cardboard boxes or brown-paper bags!


The Patriotic Assembly

Once a week, we assembled into the form of a hollow square facing the flagpole, in the quadrangle.


The propecure which was first introdiced in 1901, said:


"When, at a given signal, the flag is run up, the boys should salute, and the girls stand to attention. Then all, placing the right hand on the left breast, should say the following words simultaneously:-

'I love God and my country; I honour the flag; I will serve the King, and cheerfully obey my parents, teachers, and the laws.'

Immediately afterwards, taking the time from the teacher, or some one appointed for the purpose, three cheers for the King should be given, the boys uncovering their heads."


After the ceremony, the entire assembly of kids would march into the classrooms, to the accompaniment of beating drums, played by two or three senior pupils. 


The flag was of course the Union Jack!


O heck!...



I remember one morning, back in 1945, that a fight broke out in the shoool yard between two senior boys of about 12  during during recess. One was knocked unconscious and fell on to the dirt. Almost the entire school formed a huge circle around this unfortunate event. and teachers came running to find out what had happened

Tins of Lollies
I used to collect lolly tins in the 1940s. I still have one, which contained Macrobe
rtson's Barleysugar, made in 1943! In 2011, one of these tins was up for auction on eBay for $40!


1911 - Saluting the Flag (heritage image)

1944 - typical Baker's Cart

1911 - the tram to Auburn from Hawthorn Bridge

Barleysugar Tin made in 1943, 2011 image with mouse for comparison!

1940 - typical milk cart

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