Reunion to reminisce on Port Lincoln Trust Homes

A group of local residents who grew up in Port Lincoln's Trust Home area are inviting people to a reunion event to look back on the golden age of the Trust Homes.

A committee of former Trust Home residents has organised a reunion event for the October long weekend targeted at people who lived in the Port Lincoln Trust Homes in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Trust Homes area was located in the south-southwestern side of Port Lincoln that had many government owned houses including double units occupied by families which included government employees such as teachers and policemen.

The first units were built about 1950 and Len Bice managed the area and collected rent, and lived in one of first built, on the corner of Second Avenue and Tennant Street.

The committee is made up of Diane Boyce (nee Maclure), Sue Sinclair (nee Vivian), Lois Frost (nee Bird), Norm Pope and Joseph Puglisi.

Mrs Sinclair said this event had been in the pipeline for years but it finally got moving at the end of 2018.

"Last last year we were at the Nautilus Theatre at the markets and we inadvertently bumped into each other," she said,

"We are all from the same place and we'd been talking about it for years so we said 'let's do it'."

The event will begin on October 4 with tea and drinks at Lincoln South Football Club from 5pm and continue the next day at Community House Port Lincoln from 10am to 2pm, followed by a barbecue tea at 6pm.

The weekend wraps up at Community House from 10am with bus tours available Saturday and Sunday.

Mrs Sinclair said venue was fitting as Community House Port Lincoln was once a trust home itself and she remembered when the Puglisi and Maclures lived there.

"Anyone can come along because even the children of parents can come along to hear the stories," she said.

"If you've got a story or a memory, come for a walk back in time."

The event is also being supported by Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank.

Mr Pope has many memories of growing up in the Trust Homes area and activities, such as doing wheelies on bikes at Slippery Patch, where Navigator College is now located, or scavenging at the nearby rubbish tip and earning a penny for each beer bottle they collected.

Other activities included fishing for salmon trout and mullet at Salt Creek, picking mulberry leaves at Ravendale House to use for silkworms and going to the youth club opposite where Wayback Football Club is.

Mr Pope said a number of the kids from the community were now in business and a lot still lived in Port Lincoln.

"We all know each other...and are all on the same page," he said.

People can find out more by visiting the Port Lincoln Trust Home reunion.

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