Marion’s Intangible Heritage: Interview #3 with Diana

Intangible Heritage Workshop, 3rd Conversation: Diana Catchlove

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My third interview for the Intangible Heritage Project was with Diana, who originally lived on the corner of Morphett and Sturt Roads. During our conversation together, she recalled many of the wonderful businesses and community members who defined Marion when she lived there.

Memories of Change in Marion

Today; rather than the market gardens, numerous vineyards and family businesses that she remembers, Diana feels that Marion is defined by the Westfield shopping mall and housing developments.

Above (Diana): ‘There were so many vineyards and groves from that area and it’s really sad now to see so few vines in the area…’

I asked Diana if she could trace the changes in Marion to a particular time. She felt that the 1950s was the era of change when more shops began operation and housing trust homes were built. Butchers, green grocers, even her father had a deli at Marion at one stage.

Post-War Poverty

Remembering post-war life, Diana spoke about the frugal lifestyles people had to endure. Diana’s household welcomed an electric fridge around 1949, which was a big event in her household. She recalls her mother using a copper, ringer and wash trough in earlier times. Reckitt’s blue was used to whiten the clothes back then. ‘Lots of kids these days don’t know what a copper stick is…or scrubbing board,’ Diana chuckled after my ignorance became evident.

My discussion with Diana provided a small window into a time which seemed much more concerned with community and relationships. People knew each other by name, and knew their neighbours well. Thank you Diana, it was a pleasure.

Nessa Beasley

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