, who later started Grenda's Busline, collected the cans of milk each day.
helped his mother to hand-milk about twenty jersey cows for about a year before the family could afford to buy a secondhand "bucket" milking system from Ron Pearson who lived in the house that is still on the rise just east of the Dandenong Creek in Wellington Road.
Reg dug a well with the assistance of his brother in law, Tom Harding, to supply water for the cooling tank and then every day George
had to hand pump sufficient water to fill it.
dreaded the frosty mornings when the herd remained in the comparative warmth of a clump of trees at the bottom of the paddock and he'd have to ride his
bike down through the frost to round them up.
The milking machine was started with petrol and then switched over to power kerosene.
On the frosty mornings, of course, the machine could be very difficult to start.
A chip heater had to be lit and kept burning to provide boiling water to clean out the milking equipment.
The milk inspector called in often so everything had to be spick and span at all times.
The worst job was having to scrupulously clean every filter in the cream separator.
All the work involved kept George
mother extremely busy every day of the week.
By 1947 George
had commenced secondary education at Dandenong High School
but always had difficulty finding the time to do his
As well, this was still the time of kerosene lamps so having to read and write by that sort of light was not easy.
Electricity came to Roivville in 1948 and George
to this day associates the switching on with the delicious smell of hot apple dumplings cooked by Win on that special day.
Scoresby Football Club
At the end of the war regular sporting competitions got underway again and Reg and his
brother Leo became heavily involved with the Scoresby Football Club
Leo acted as a trainer for many years while Reg was the boot studder.
grew older he
played with the club for many years until a bad head injury made him decide him to end his
playing days in 1961.
went out on a high note as he
won the club's Best and Fairest award that year and was made a Life Member to acknowledge his
service to the club.
In the following year George
took up umpiring with the VFL
and thoroughly enjoyed this new "career" that took him all over the state and into NSW, Tasmania and South Australia, umpiring in the major country leagues.
was promoted to the position of emergency umpire for the VFL
city matches on a number of occasions and almost took to the field at Kardinia Park for the match of the day between Ceelong and Hawthorn but at the last minute the late arriving designated umpire Peter Sheales rushed in, thwarting George's chance of glory.
Career and Family
George left Dandenong High at the end of Year 11 and commenced work as a draftsman with International Harvester.
time in National Service at Puckapunyal in 1953 and at the end of that Aimee Seebeck's father, Ernie Sneddon, found him a job with the Royal Exchange Insurance Company
The following year he
moved to Mercantile Mutual and worked for them until his
retirement in December 2000.
George's father Reg had finished his working life as an employee of the Ordish Fire Brick Company in Dandenong.
and Elaine have three children: Michelle, Andrew and Rodney and five grandchildren: Ashlee, Daniel, Tom, Tiffany and Kieran.
and Elaine live in Mount Waverley with the company of a giant gum tree in their front garden to remind them of old Rowville days.
Nellie Gill is the grand daughter of George
and Mary Ann Gill who settled in Rowville on a 155 acre property south of Wellington Road in 1857.
called the property "Somerset Farm" after the county of his
birth in England.
Thomas had inherited 80 of the 155 acres of Somerset Farm on the death of his father George