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Snippets celebrates one year! Snippets is celebrating its rst birthday. It’s been loads of fun, meeting new people, making new friends, being involved in Park Avenue and receiving massive amounts of feedback. Snippets was created to give the community a voice and to help keep the area a community. Without its own paper a community may become part of a bigger area and lose its identity. The Park Avenue edition was the rst paper created. I lived with my family in Park Avenue for a few years in Welch St and just loved the area. (We actually regret selling the home.) During the year Snippets was opened in Allenstown/The Range and Berserker/Frenchville. Snippets is completely independent. The papers are written, designed and printed locally. I have been involved with newspapers for 34 years and started my trade on the family newspaper ‘The Capricorn Coast Mirror’ when I was 13. My family sold the paper when I was 23 and I moved to ‘The Morning Bulletin’ for 14 years working as a chief photographer and photojournalist. Snippets ts into a category called Hyper-local newspapers: written for the people of the area in which they are distributed. All stories are sourced by me: meeting people; walking the streets; writing local stories of interest. Nothing comes from the internet, except research on Trove. Without the advertisers Snippets wouldn’t be here. The advertising pays for the production of the paper. Please remember to read the advertisements and support your local businesses. If you don’t use them today they may not be here tomorrow. I thank my parents, John and Suzy Watson, who read over my copy to make it legible and have helped me develop my trade and passion since I was a kid. Thank you to my wife, Stacey and kids Jye, Rhys and Larne who all missed out on sleep while they hand folded the papers until I was able to buy a folding machine. They see me sitting in the corner of the lounge room writing until late in the night and not spending as much time as I would like with them. And lastly thank you to the people who trusted me and were happy to contribute or allow me to write their stories. See you next year Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Rhodes Watson and family.

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Pinched, pinching peanuts Last issue Neil Halberstater remembered the days when his parents owned the Tropic Theatre. In the early 1950s, Park Avenue was a young suburb and it felt like the centre of the universe as far as Neil Halberstater was concerned. Neil said it was a bit like a closed community. “We had everything we needed including entertainment, our bikes and friends.” The Avenue as he remembers it, is the original name, “There was an avenue of trees down the street. It wasn't called Park Avenue until later.” Neil and his mates were growing up in a developing area with lots of vacant land, brigalow scrub, not like today, “You couldn't get away with anything as a kid. Everyone knew everyone. “I can't remember any crime. If there was I wasn't aware of it. There just didn't seem to be any. “It was a safe environment because everyone was like family.” When Emmaus was being built, the Catholic Church planted cotton where the ovals are now, to help pay for the school buildings: “We donated our time to go and help pick the cotton. “It wasn't something we really wanted to do as boys but when the Christian Brothers said go pick, we did. No questions asked!” In those days there were no huge semi-trailers, everything from out of town came on the train. Excitement grew when someone yelled 'The Show train is coming!” Neil and his friends would run across the road to watch the train come through the crossing in Main Street. “The carriages had elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys, all the animals. They carried everything.” In the rush to see the circus train in 1953, Neil rushed across the road when he was hit by a motor bike. “I can't remember if it hurt. It was too long ago. ” Park Avenue in those days was a haven for industry. There was a peanut board down Haynes Street. Neil recalls the peanuts sometimes would spontaneously combust. “The shed would catch re. (I don't remember any type of re brigade in those days.) “Knowing there had been a re, the kids of the area would gravitate towards the peanut board. I was about seven or eight and I had heard everyone was grabbing a bag of peanuts. I decided I'd get a bag too! I jumped in grabbed a big bag (of peanuts) and then walked back through the crowds of people.

That's when I saw the 10 foot copper. He said to me where are you going with those?” Home I answered, "put em back son! “I wasn't as smart as the others, they went home via the railway line and didn't get caught! I was pinched, pinching peanuts! “There was an abundance of peanuts in Park Avenue homes for the next few months,” he said. Neil remembers coming home from school one day in the late '50s, to nd blokes digging a trench, “It must have been 1.2 to 1.8 metres deep. “They were putting in sewerage. It was a big thing to be getting sewerage. There were no excavators just picks and shovels and men everywhere. Plenty of jobs in those days before machinery.” Before the days of sewerage, Neil's family like everyone else had a thunderbox: “They were just awful. I can't imagine any more living without sewerage of some type.” Park Avenue Barber Warren Olsen, yelled out he remembered the teacher saying: “If you didn't do your school work you'd be working on the shit cart.” Another customer waiting for his haircut said, “ They got paid good money too.” Neil said they deserved it: “Mum use to tell a story about how they would pick it up on the Wednesday or a Thursday every week. The man would be carrying the tin on his shoulder banging the can on the wall and lid was never tted properly. He'd yell, “It's bit full this week Mrs.” Down past the Peanut Board Neil can still see a small settlement of shanties where he t h i n k s f o r m e r W W I I returned soldiers lived: “There was about a dozen shanties, I think they were shell shocked and had trouble readjusting to life after the war. All the fellas in the barber shop remembered ole Charlie with the cart. They were all gentlemen who obviously had a weakness for grog.” Neil's dad opened a second hand store where he had run the cinema: “Television was taking hold and dad knew he had to change his business.” He remembers his dad telling a story about how the police came to his shop and charged him with illegal arms dealing. “Dad didn't really like the constabulary. The copper asked if everything was for sale. Dad said in a smart way, 'yep everything's for sale for the right price!' The policeman then arrested him. “He had an air rie on the counter that he shot pigeons with and that's how they got

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