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Haywood's Corner Cafe

Posted by goldengrains on November 7, 2021 at 10:00 PM

Rently Bob Haywood donated these items to the Museum - a tankard from the Charlton Club and members tickets for the Trotting Club. His family owned the Corner Cafe in the early 50s. If anyone has memories of the Cafe please share them with us. Bob has shared some of his memories of Charlton.

“I was only 4yo when we moved to Melbourne in 1953 so I don’t have many memories of the time. I remember a laundry trough full of yabbies at our friends the Bakers just down the road. Ray Baker worked in the Post Office at the time and my parents and the Bakers stayed friends for many years. I remember one night at the Bakers there were some possums having a wonderful time on the roof and Ray muttering bloody possums and grabbing the .22 and off he went. Don’t know what happened to the possums.

They also had rabbit drives at the time, a “V” shaped net would be set up and the rabbits driven into it. The rabbits would then be paired and my uncle (Charlie Haywood) would take them in his semi-trailer down to the market in Melbourne. It was done as a fundraiser and the proceeds would go to the football club. The only other memory I have and my father used to talk about it was the night man, we had fruit trees down the side of the house and the night man would come along, grab the full can and balance it on his shoulder, with his free hand he would pick a peach or whatever and munch on it on his way through – don’t know about hygiene at the time but it was always good for a laugh.”

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