At the end of Alison st, Athol Park, lived four Lithuanian families. In number 19 lived the Jučius family, in 21 lived Alfonsas and Birutė Budrys. Birutė’s sister Emilija had married Antanas Mikeliunas and lived next door in number 23. Directly opposite the Jučius house in number 20 lived the Tirva family, next to them in number 18 lived the Šerelis family until 1960. They had two daughters, Jučius three girls and a boy, Tirva had a girl and Šereliai had two boys and a girl. So with 10 young children of similar age they did spend a lot of time together. Living close by was a young Russian girl who would join in, and was soon speaking Lithuanian as the children were told to speak Lithuanian. Not everyone got along, Tirvienė and Šereliene were at odds, maybe a reason why they moved.
Between numbers 19, 21, and 23 there were no back fences built at first. In essence the kids had a huge back yard to play in, one that was filled with fruit vegetables chicken and ducks. When fences were eventually built they included a gate which would still allow access to each other’s property.
Jučius was a carpenter and assisted his neighbours with building their houses. The men in the morning would ride their bikes to work at the Holden’s factory.
The Jučiai moved many years later to be closer to family in the east of Adelaide. The others remained and still remain.
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