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1986 Interview : Mr. Hiseman

   He was born in 1910 and has lived in
 Footscray nearly all of his life.     
 He grew up during the 1st World War   
 and fought with the army in the 2nd   
 World War. His father worked with the 
 'Kentish Times' which is quite an old 
 company and a popular newspaper in    
 Sidcup. His mother did the washing for
 Merton Court School when they had     
 boarders. He was the schools caretaker
 until he retired in July 1985.        
   There used to be a papermill in     
 Footscray called Nash's. It employed  
 more than two thousand poeple. The    
 wages were not very high but if you   
 had a job, you had it for life. most  
 of the local people worked there. The 
 mill closed in 1983.                  
   Around Footscray there were potato  
 and fruit fields. they had a fruit    
 picking holiday lasting 6 weeks and a 
 Hop picking holiday lasting 3 weeks.  

Map of the area

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