We had a pretty rough and ready type of pitch right down the far end of the backyard, which we had to roll the grass and get it fairly even. We had something for stumps. I think it might have been a box, because wooden boxes were plentiful in those days ... Dad used to trundle down the ball and I'd try to hit it out of the ground. He taught me to bowl spinners ...

John F Curtin, 2004
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... the flies were bad in those days and barbeques hadn't come in at all ... Nobody thought about eating outdoors. The only people that ate outdoors were those that went camping at Rotto [Rottnest] ... [we'd] hang clothes out ... you know swimsuits and towels ... the summer was too hot to sit out there ... we didn't have beach umbrellas.