65-year resident recalls simpler times

Milestone: Arthur Boyd has been living in Smithfield for 65 years. Picture: Gary Warrick

Milestone: Arthur Boyd has been living in Smithfield for 65 years. Picture: Gary Warrick

ARTHUR Boyd still remembers the two poultry farms and dirt road he used to walk along in Smithfield nearly seven decades ago.

The 91-year-old has been living in his Neville Street home for 65 years and has seen a lot of change.

"I was 26 years old when I bought the property and it cost me just £25," he said.

"I still remember the railway tracks from the quarry, which was on The Horsley Drive.

"I also remember the days when the baker would come around and drop us off bread.

"We could leave the house and never have to lock our doors."

The father of four, grandfather of 11, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather of one said after buying the property he knocked down the house and built a garage.

"The garage had two rooms and my wife and I, along with my three kids, lived in there for seven years while I built the house," he said.

"We would have to boil the copper for our kids' baths and they would get one bucket of hot water each."

Mr Boyd was a carpenter by trade.

He worked for the Water Board for 22 years before becoming an inspector.

He remembers the time he spent in the navy during World War II and the events that unfolded shortly after the war ended.

"I married my wife in 1945 and 10 months later she had our first child," he said.

Mr Boyd has mild asbestosis after spending time working in the engine rooms of large vessels during his time in the navy.

The triple bypass recipient has been the president of Fairhearts Heart Support-Australia Fairfield and Districts Group for the past 11 years.

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