About me

Woorilla Caught … will take you back in time. Back to Australia during the 60’s & 70’s. That’s where I spent my childhood & for me, it’s a place & time of many happy memories.

My first school photo (1970). I’m in first seated row, 4th from right.

About Me…

I’m Cindy Amey (nee McDonald) & I was born  in 1964....the year – the Beatles toured Australia, Polo Prince won the Melbourne Cup & the TV Series Homicide commenced its 12 year run.

I lived with my parents in the middle class suburb of Frankston (Melbourne, Victoria) & our street was “Woorilla Court”.  It was typical of the times with brick veneer & weatherboard houses, lots of young families & sat smack between the local Primary & High School.

I grew up in a middle class family, with one older brother. My mum stayed at home & my dad ran his own business as a Piano Tuner – W McDonald & Sons, never did work out what the “sons” bit meant as my brother never worked with my Dad & had no intentions of taking it on after dad retired!

We often had a garage full of pianos’ dad was repairing and you could be mistaken thinking Dad was a concert pianist, the way his fingers ran up and down the keys. But the truth is he couldn’t play a note!

I had a very happy childhood enjoying swimming, ballet, tennis, arts & crafts. I was a shy child but had a few close friends & loved animals. I loved school holidays when my mum would often treat me & my best friend Sue to a train ride in to Melbourne with lunch at the bustling Coles Cafeteria, shopping & a movie matinee. We’d get home late & pick up fish & chips for dinner!

Life seemed far simpler back then. You could play in the street, roller skate down your driveway, catch tadpoles in ponds, draw hopscotch on the road & I distinctly remember the pumping heart sensation when you heard Mr Whippy entering your street!

I hope you enjoy this website & it brings back lots of memories for you, it certainly did for me whilst building it. I’d like to thank my my oldest friend “Sue Ingram” for jogging my memory on several occassions whilst building this site. Her memory is far better than mine & without her input, I’m sure half the memories would have remained forgotten. Thanks Sue x

Have fun & feel free to leave me a comment if you enjoy the “journey”!

Cindy x

Me in 1971 with my “dolly cut”
Me in 2017


16 Replies to “About me”

      1. While searching on Woorilla crt
        I came across your post
        I too lived in Woorilla crt
        Across the road from you
        I do remember your father had a piano tune business an I do remember he would always be playing golf
        Practicing his putting on the front yard
        I remember it being split level
        Thanks for the memories

        1. Hi yes that’s correct! My dad did have his own piano tuning business & he practiced his golf on the front garden. Who are you? I might remember you?

  1. It’s great reading all your posts and everyone else’s I grew up in aspendale but mum sent us to the pines on school holidays (holiday club) as it was close to the penguin book store she worked at in seafood near the old bata factory. Then when we were in our teen we were aloud to ride the silver trains to frankston on to go to the movies. And does anyone remember when you could ride the train sitting in the open door way between stations. I went to aspendale tech as my parents thought I would be better suited to work with my hands the rest of my family (2sisters 1 brother went to mordi high) but when we didn’t go to frankston we used to hang out in southlands aaahhhh!!! The good old days…now I’am living in London (UK) running my own landscaping business with a lovely wife and two kids (girls)

  2. It seems our childhoods share many memories. I was a year older, and a bit closer to the city (Cheltenham) although I did frequently visit Frankston. Thanks for reviving some memories!

  3. Hi Cindy, thanks for the memories. Although I didn’t grow up in Frankston, I lived there for a few years in my adulthood and it’s a wonderful place, albeit with a colourful history of course.

    My teenage years were in Prahran which was similarly colourful and I came across your website when looking for a reference to TREADS, required footware for all who wanted to fit in to the status-quo (and therefore avoid a bashing). 😛


  4. Hi Cindy,

    I too was born in 1964 and grew up in Melbourne (Northcote). I have been living in the UK for nearly 20 years, and can I say your website has helped transport me back to the days of my childhood in Austrlaia. When people here ask me if I miss Australia I never really know how to reply, having made a life here, but I doo miss the Australia you have brought back to life here on your website. Thank you for such a great place to happily lose myself in, and to show my kids what life was like for mum over there and way back then.


      1. Hi
        I grew up in Stringybark Cres. in the Pines around 1964.

        What a life. Dad away at sea and I spent my time in the bush. Many a search party came looking for me.

        My Primary School I believe is now a Nursing home. One day while at school, heaps of Mothers came crying to pick us up. The Voyager had been sunk by the Melbourne. Never forget that day.


  5. Hi Cindy.
    Last time we msgd I was out of line and made a dick of myself and I apologize for that! A lot has changed in my life in since then, lol…
    Your site has been shared on a Frankston History site. Also Your site is awesome and the memories are fun to relive.Thanks for sharing. Take care Adrian.

    PS. Your picture reminds me of the Brady Bunch, lol…

  6. Hi Cindy, thanks for the memories you have provided here. I went to Frankston East Primary and Karingal High as well, though I was three years ahead of you

    Interestingly, I married Leona Baldwinson who is in some of your school photos if you remember her and we still live in Langwarrin.


  7. Hi Cinders, you haven’t changed all that much ..The picture at 7 is not that much different to the girl I met in the
    late 80’s.
    the images from years ago are good memories,

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