Hello from the Editor

Hello from the Editor

WELCOME to the sixth issue of Manningham Life.

It’s also our first-anniversary issue! To celebrate, we’re taking a walk down the memory lane of this place we love, first proclaimed as a city in 1967. Many organisations were established to support the growing population in the new City of Doncaster-Templestowe. Some are in their 50th year of operation and are featured in this issue.

Ben Frawley grew up in Templestowe, and his story captures an idyllic childhood of a bygone era (page 4). Julie Parkes writes about the babysitting club she started in 1971 (page 6). Peter Gurry reminisces about his time as the principal of Templestowe Primary and Templestowe Heights Primary School (page 9).

In preparing this issue, I received much help from the Doncaster-Templestowe Historical Society; Ken Smith has kindly compiled the key events between 1967 and 1977 (page 5). We’re also very grateful to the Country Women’s Association of Victoria for sharing an apple recipe from their cookbook, first published in 1965 (page 12). I chatted with Gary of Egons Cakeshop (page 9) and Joe Klein, who had a long involvement with basketball in Bulleen (page 11).

We started this publication last year — arguably one of the most challenging years in recent memory — to help connect our community. Under difficult circumstances, we published and delivered five issues to 20,000 homes in Manningham. We want to strengthen Manningham Life so we can continue to keep our community informed and connected through a good quality local publication.

To that end, we are launching Friends of Manningham Life, our community of supporters. Currently, we are supported by local businesses through advertising and residents who contribute their time and skills. If you value Manningham Life and are in a position to contribute to keeping us going, we would greatly appreciate your support. You will get our magazines delivered directly to your home and enjoy perks such as an annual Manningham Life morning tea. For more information, please turn to page 13.

A big thank you to everyone who helped make this issue possible.