Attadale Rotary Club President Ian Pittaway had great pleasure in welcoming the Guest Speaker Warren Duffy and a very large number of guests to the meeting on November 5 at Tompkins on Swan. Chairman Mick Donnes introduced Warren who took everyone on a delightful trip down memory lane. He rekindled memories of years gone by and had everyone enjoying the experience. Warren explained that before writing the books he established the Facebook page 'Lost Perth'. It was dedicated to preserving photos and memories of the good old days in Perth. He wanted to unearth Perth's history to save it for the future. He started chatting to people, listening to their stories, collecting their old photos, and it went from there. He posted photos, films, stories, memories and they all touched a nerve. The site is a collection of old images and stories of Perth, focusing on the way things used to be and the old buildings and businesses that have disappeared, and it captured Perth's imagination. Warren attributes the site's success to people's fond memories of the 'good old days'!
He wanted to put those memories and stories in print, so they'll have a place in history forever.
The books 'Lost Perth', Volumes 1 and 2 are picture-driven with images that follow the history of Perth, Western Australia and bringing back wonderful memories of times gone by. There are old family photos moving through the decades and the Great War, roaring twenties, the great depression, World War 11, the booming fifties with their hooped skirts and perfectly coiffed hair and the swinging sixties, seventies and eighties.
Warren showed some film of many of the tv ads we all came to love (or hate) such as 'I Love Aeroplane Jelly' (still going around in my head each day), 'I'm Louis the Fly', 'Luigi Sava Da Money' as well as 'It takes two hands to handle a whopper' etc. We also enjoyed seeing some of the icecream delights we all grew up with.
Thank you Warren for starting the wonderful Facebook site and for the Lost Perth books to remind us all of some wonderful times we all had in days gone by.
Pictured are Chairman Mick Donnes, Attadale Rotary Club President Ian Pittaway and the Guest Speaker Warren Duffy. Pictures also show the 'Lost Perth' book Volume 1, Trams in the City, Lights on the Old Swan Brewery and the beautiful interior of the Ambassadors Theatre. Thank you also to Colin McCulloch for bringing along some of his memorabilia to display on the night.
It was a night to reminisce enjoyed by members and all their guests.