‘I worked as a lollipop lady at a pedestrian crossing in Erskineville for 13 years. I had a heart operation recently so I thought it was probably time to retire – and I was getting old enough and tired enough! I’m 79 so I thought it was about time to resign.

‘I’ve lived in Newtown for 39 years. I don’t know where to start to tell you how much it’s changed! It’s hard to explain. It was a much quieter place but now it’s become very, very busy with restaurants and things like that. It’s a different life altogether – but it’s better. I like the variety of today. Before it was quieter. There were no markets or anything like that. People got home by 5 or 6 o’clock – there wasn’t much happening. It’s a bit scary to walk at night sometimes now though. Well in those days I had a man in my life but now I’m on my own so I don’t go out at night time except if I go with friends. Otherwise it’s out of the question.’


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