You see, I decided to share it on the ‘I grew up in Clayton/Clarinda’ Facebook group I belong to, thinking it might be of interest. I enjoy reading the posts on the group’s page and had recently shared a post which received many likes, many comments. So, with new-found confidence, I shared Andi’s ‘Lost Melbourne’ post, clicking ‘Share’, then ‘Share with Group’, then selecting ‘I Grew Up in Clayton/Clarinda’. After writing an introduction I pressed the ‘Send Post’ button.
Little did I anticipate what would happen next.
Likes and comments appeared very quickly, all positive. I was chuffed!
Then I noticed a thread developing in which people were questioning the statement in the post from ‘Lost Melbourne’ that the house was ‘the fifth house built in Clayton c1935.
David P commented, “… My dad has the original town plan from 1927, so I think that there were more houses before this house. The document says ‘Come to Clayton Heights, you can see the sea’… It shows the whole of Clayton near where the police station is now, shows where the train station is, has everything to do with Clayton not Clayton North…”
Carol D … “My mother was born in Clayton in 1924. When I was young in the late 40s there were many homes well over 15 years old”
Kerrie B confirmed … ”Your family home predated 1935”
David P added, … “My grandparent’s house did too … Gone now though…”
More people entered the discussion, identifying other houses which would have been in Clayton before 1935.
Kerrie B joined in again, “…I lived in Kanooka Grove. 42 Kanooka Grove would have dated from the 1910’s, 12 Browns Rd dated from at least 1900, probably earlier. A little further away, Hourigan House dated from the late 1800’s. There were also Californian bungalow-era houses dotted around. Where we were was always called Clayton. Given the age of Clayton North Primary (originally called Clayton Primary School), there was housing there in the 1900’. The house you’re showing is probably the 5th in a particular development’.
Not only was the list of examples of houses existing before 1935 lengthening, I had a number of other examples to share myself. I found myself agreeing with Kerry’s hypothesis…