Yokine (1954) It was in 1954 that Joan’s father, Arthur Moore, applied for a Returned Soldiers Housing Loan. He was a World War I veteran and had served in Egypt. Arthur and Lucie chose Yokine as the place to live and on July sixth moved into 6 Fletcher Street, Yokine.

Arthur and Lucie open a shop in Wembley, four generations in a two bedroom house. Choc tops. Grandpa P C McKenzie dies. All move in with Doug’s parents in Belmont. Then a new home back in Wembley. Ken and Merle wedding. Sarah Cash dies in a tragic accident. Move to West Perth and then the wheatbelt town of Bullfinch.

1946, first Christmas as a married couple, rations still in force. In early 1947 first daughter Lynne born and in late 1948 Pam born. Cecil, Roly and Alice also welcome new arrivals. Mistaken for John Bottomley. Doug joins the Freemasons. In 1949 the Moore’s sell their 21 Victoria Square house.

In late 1946 Doug purchases a newsagency on busy St George’s Terrace in Perth from Laura O’Hara. Over twenty years and through multiple renovations by their landlords, Zimpels the furniture store, Doug and Joan open a separate greeting cards store within Zimpels and a chocolates store.

1944 and Doug meets Joan and the Moore family at 21 Victoria Square home in Perth. Doug and Joan get engaged via post in June 1945 while Doug was serving on Manus Island. They are married in May 1946 and tales of kitchen teas, could the bride have changed her mind (of course not) and happy celebrations followed by a honeymoon in Bunbury.

Doug gets posted to Air Defence HQ, Madang via Bradfield Park (Sydney), Townsville, Cairns, Port Moresby and Lae. Promoted to Flight Sergeant. Football accident. Moved to Admiralty Islands, a tour around Manus, Lorengau, Lombrum and Seeadler Islands.

Doug is sent to RAAF Geraldton, No. 4 Service Flying Training School. Life on base, RAAF stores and categories for planes, PG (“Paddy”) Heffernan, leisure time on base and Geraldton town, brownie box camera, air raid precautions, rations. Promoted to Corporal. Pearl Harbor and Darwin bombings. Cec in Kota Bharu.

Kalgoorlie (1939) I arrived in Kalgoorlie on Thursday 26 January 1939. I was met at the station by the Post Office mailroom supervisor, “Paddy” McMorrow. Mr McMorrow took me up to where he had made arrangements for me to stay with Mrs Quealy and her family. The house was located

The PMG transferred Doug to Coolgardie in 1937. Doug tells us about the people and the stores of the town, Ben Prior, Moran’s Store, Jim Larcombe and the Golden Eagle Nugget find, Sam Cash (no relation), the Railway and Denver City Hotels, Modesto Varischetti and the Bonnie Vale mine accident. @kalgoorliehistory @coolgardievisitorscentre

Doug was a lifelong Aussie Rules fan, barracking for West Perth in the WAFL. He played amateur footy in the Band of Hope Association at age 14, the Towns team in Coolgardie, Railway Rovers in Kalgoorlie and Towns at RAAF Geraldton. In later years Doug umpired matches, was a vice patron of the West Perth Football Club a patron of the Osborne Park Sunday League Football. #WAFL #AussieRules @WestPerthFC

Dating back to his early days in Canada, Doug’s father was involved in horse racing. In Perth they had success with many horses, most notably the 1932 Easter Cup win with Dainty Princess. There were hard times and some bad accidents for father Walter. Doug has some betting wins and after the war was a ‘betting clerk’ for a friend.

Doug’s cycling life starts in his early teens with the Malvern Star championships. Doug wins the Arrow Consistency Cup and gets his photo in local papers. In Coolgardie he races the Widgiemooltha-Coolgardie (75km). In Norseman it is the longer Norseman-Higginsville (129km). In Kalgoorlie as Secretary for the Eastern Goldfields Cycling Club helps organise the Menzies to Kalgoorlie. Many tales of Hubert Opperman, a later friend and political colleague of Doug’s. In later years Doug was patron of the League of WA Wheelmen from 1959-1976.

Doug’s dad gets Doug boxing lessons at Paddy Hubon’s gym in his early teens and Doug becomes a boxing fan. Doug joins the WA Band of Hope and the WA Temperance League, Doug becomes a lifelong non-drinker (apart from a few mishaps he tells later in his story). The League had a large role to play in junior football in the state. Doug continues his ties to the League when he moves to Coolgardie and he leads the Cobbers Club there.

Doug tells us about the films and music he watched and listened to in the 1930s and 1940s and also of his favourite actress, Alice Fay, and singer, Bing Crosby.

Theatres of Perth such as Grand Theatre, Prince of Wales Theatre, Ambassadors Theatre, the Royal, Metropole Hotel, Piccadilly Theatre, Majestic Theatre, Plaza Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Embassy Ballroom, Regent Theatre (later the Metro). Suburban theatres such as Amusu Theatre and the Broadway in Vic Park, the State Theatre (later The Astor) in Mt Lawley, Rosemount in North Perth, Wests in Subiaco, New Oxford (now Luna) in Leederville and the Princess in Fremantle. In Norseman it was the Criterion Talkies.

In Canada and Australia Doug’s parents run/own many businesses. In Perth they had the Royalty Tearooms, Phar Lap Cafe and Adelphi Cafe in Hay Street, the Heather Tearooms and Queen of Hearts on Barrack Street, a shop in William Street and one in the northern suburb of North Beach. In Kalgoorlie they had the Teacup Tearooms and Mum’s Tearooms.

Doug recounts his memories about Perth in the 1930s and 40s. Landmarks like the GPO, Townhall, Palace Hotel. Local ‘characters’ known as Percy Buttons, Matches, Feathers, The Count and Giblets. Stores like Aherns, Boans, Economic Stores, Bairds, Foy and Gibsons, and Harris, Scarfe and Sandovers. Details on Perth trams with details on all the tram routes and where they could take you.

Aged 15 Doug joins the Postmaster General’s Department as telegraph messenger. Many of the messenger boys would go on to prominent positions in the public service. Passes exam and made permanent. Moves departments including to Tax. Then sent to Coolgardie, to Norseman and finally Kalgoorlie until the War. After the war asked to move to Leonora which he refuses and quits.

Thanks to the Boys Employment League and a bit of good luck after a careless mistake, Doug gets a job with C J McAlinden’s Display and Advert Service. Lucky escape from air tank refilling accident. Doug reminisces about the businesses of the day.

Doug starts as a newsboy and tells us about the local papers, their offices and staff like Mr Martin of the Daily News and the Mirror’s Ted “Cherry” Hancock and J J “Boss” Simons who founded the Young Australia Football League. We learn about how the boys would make extra money from the crossword competitions.

Doug tells of the comics he read as a child and of his time at Perth Boys School. We hear of headmaster Tommy Chandler, teachers Bill “Skippy” Skipworth, Hal “Tinny” McKail, Pud Stallwood, Jock Campbell and Ted Huck. Doug appears in the paper.

The family arrives in WA and lives first in South Fremantle and then to McMaster Street, Vic Park (McMaster Street was named after Joan’s grand-uncle) and finally to East Cannington. Doug starts schooling at Perth Boys School, stories of train travel and life at the Cash home.

The Cash family moves to Adelaide, driving through Canberra and Melbourne in their Ford Model T. Their first permanent home was in Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town and they later moved to Norwood where they took over a shop and then to Unley and a new business venture, a laundry shop. Walter continued at Maytag/Eureka until the Depression hit. Family decides to sell up and move to Melbourne in 1930, living in Northcote until the decision was made to move to Western Australia on the MV Westralia.

The Cash family arrives in Sydney, Australia aboard the SS Niagara. Over the next six years they lived in Liverpool before moving to Enmore, Darlinghurst and Lewisham. During this time, Doug’s dad worked for Maytag/Eureka and Doug commenced his schooling including attending Darlinghurst Public School.