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Article brought fond memories

The article by Fred Landman "Back in Time" in the January 19, edition brought back fond memories for me.

Like many others from the city, the Central Coast was the place to spend our January school holidays - up on the steam train to Woy Woy or Gosford, then by bus to our destination.

One year a friend offered his cottage at Pretty Beach - Murphy's ferry transported us there.

We used that ferry service many times going over to Ettalong Beach.

Along the way we learned that Mr Murphy made the trip every Sunday to take his wife to mass.

So the six of us would walk to Wagstaffe wharf where we were picked up and brought back every Sunday.

We remember the old theatre well and one thing I do remember when the collection came around Dr Baker was heard to say to the congregation, "I don't want to hear the sound of coins on the plate".

I think that was aimed at the holidaymakers.

My daughters who live nearby inform me that among those stars on the wall was Shirley Temple, so that made the trip to mass something to look forward to.

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