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History #2

The man on the left of this picture is my father, Ray Storey.

 

His main job was as a railway track repairer, and we lived in a railway cottage.

 

Pay was not sufficient for raising a family, so he also had several other jobs...the consequence was that he had very little time or energy for family or leasure activities, and so I barley knew him.

History #2

The man on the left of this picture is my father, Ray Storey.

 

His main job was as a railway track repairer, and we lived in a railway cottage.

 

Pay was not sufficient for raising a family, so he also had several other jobs...the consequence was that he had very little time or energy for family or leasure activities, and so I barley knew him.

comments (8)

A nice portrait - too bad you didn't know him very well.
Nostalgie d'un temps passé ..
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Feb 2019, 06:45
So he just worked to keep food on the table with no time for anything else. A sad but common story..
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 12 Feb 2019, 07:51
A tough life Ray. At least you had a vehicle to travel in.
Ray: Ha Ha

My Dad never let me ride on this lovely vehicle, Chad.
The generation that worked hard to try and create a better life for their children but had little for themselves
Another memorable, for you, photo Ray, sadly in those times when we were children I think all but the professional classes were comfortably off and many men had more than one job, I know my Dad was able to get extra work from time to time.
Ray: It was inevitable that kids become closer to their mothers in these circumstances, Brian.
Here, the men who worked on the railway mostly lived away for a month at a time. My cousin's mom was afraid to be alone so mostly stayed at our house.
Ray: In this part of Australia the tracks were maintained by small local teams, and quality was kept very high by conducting competitions for best maintained sections and with a little prize money.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Feb 2019, 19:03
I just happened onto your posting as I was helping Tom. Anyway - this type of picture and accompanying text interest me to no end. My father was a well qualified engineer and business man. On his peak, he was chair of 11 company boards and member of some others. Quite a principled man - the result is that he (and us) had a good life, he was not rich - high middle class at best. I know many others, with less positions, who became very rich as a result of it - somewhat less principled. My father hobnobbed with some of the better known industrialists, world wide. He worked long hours and travelled a lot. He did take us on an annual holiday - but by the time I left school, this happened less frequent - he was 46 by then. Even if he did take us places, I couldn't say that I have seen a lot of him. Except when I erred - man could he use a belt.

So, my point is that even if he was in many aspects different from your dad, I can't say I knew my father very well. I can't remember him ever sitting back, exclaiming "Man, this is life!" or similar. I remember my brother - about a year before the old man died in 2017 - going on about proper relations. To which my father responded that my brother must understand, that if he is trying to put my father on a guilt trip; he must understand the my father will never regret his own life.

My grandfather - now he couldn't even read or write, but man, could he tell stories in his old day. He tried very hard at making a success, but his lack of education didn't help. The result was that he also didn't have much time for the children.
Ray: Thank you for your very interesting response to my post, Louis. Even just 1 generation before us, life was very different !

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