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Easton Family

Frank and Vera Easton, and their two children May and Doug, were local identities who owned the corner store in the photograph. Vera was one of three daughters of the Bennett family, early settlers in The Gap, whose original home was opposite the store. A second Bennett daughter, Ellie, married and became Mrs. Ellie Johnson, living in a house directly behind the store in Payne Road, and neighbour to my parents Edward (Ted) and Eileen Cahill who had bought land in 1948.

Payne Road life seemed to gravitate to Easton’s store for obvious reasons. It was not only the one stop shopping spot, had the only public telephone, and produced the best milk shakes – a rarity in those days – it catered for everything and anything a family could need from sugar to Dunlop sandshoes. Tristrams drink signs (also pictured) ruled long before Coca Cola billboards. Store windows had colourful posters of the next picture (not movie) to screen at St John’s Wood Picture Theatre, to which my parents and I went each Friday night.

Payne Road Memories – by Brenda Cahill
Source: Reflections 1, Memories of The Gap, by Richard Speechley.

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  • Death Adder

    This death adder is lying in state at Frank Easton’s shop. It succumbed to gunshot wounds after deciding to fall off a passing truck hauling logs from Mt Nebo to the mill, circa 1930s.

    Date: c. 1930s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Easton
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  • Denny Rosenthal at Easton’s shop

    Bus proprietor, Denny Rosenthal on another regular stop at Easton’s shop. Circa 1937.

    Date: c. 1937
    Courtesy: Doug and May Easton
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  • Doug Easton

    Doug Easton contemplating the merits of a quick spin around the block on Jack Smith’s motor bike. Circa 1938.

    Date: c. 1938
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  • Easton Family Wedding

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  • Easton Farm

    A tranquil farm scene at the Easton’s. The backyard icon of the 30s, the meditation room. Source of many arguments as there was only one in times of emergency and who was going to dig the hole at the end of the week to further the fertilization of the future vege garden. The interior had “atmosphere”, aroma, a constant supply of reading matter cut in nice little squares and placed in the box beside the “throne” and there was also the constant thrill of knowing that carpet snakes also liked to read the papers. Oh for the good old days! 

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  • Edna Vinter

    Edna Vinter is pictured in the side garden of Frank and Vera Easton’s home at the corner of Waterworks and Payne Roads. Circa 1931. Entrance to Gap Handyman Centre in 2002 is just behind Edna.

    Date: c. 1931
    Courtesy: Doug and May Easton
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  • Frank and Vera Easton

    Frank and Vera Easton, prominent residents of the Gap pictured on 4th April 1959. Frank is the great grandson of Gap pioneers Joseph and Ellen Gridley and Vera is the granddaughter of pioneers Joseph and Rosanna Bennett.

    Date: 1959
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  • Frank Easton

    Frank Easton pictured in his backyard with sister in law Elle Bennett’s house behind him next door.

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  • Grandma Louie Bennett

    Grandma Louie Bennett keeps a watchful eye on Doug and May Easton. In 2002 this is the site of house # 865 Waterworks Road. The Easton “Shopping Centre” 1930’s style is visible across the road.

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  • Home of Frank and Vera Easton

    Home of Frank and Vera Easton in Glenaffric Street. Visible on the right of the photo is the Paten home “WALTON”.

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  • Hygiene Services 1940s

    Hygiene Services float from The Gap Army Hygiene Camp in Payne Road 1940s.

    Date: 1940s
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  • Jim Moran

    “Gentle Giant” Jim Moran on his horse with three young friends outside Eastons Store on the corner of Waterworks and Payne Roads. Carolyn Hill (rear) and her sister Dorelle (front) with Brenda Cahill in the middle.

    Date: c. 1951
    Courtesy: Brenda Cahill
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  • Local bus proprietor Denny Rosenthal

    Local bus proprietor Denny Rosenthal pictured with May and Doug Easton during one of his regular stops. Circa 1937.

    Date: c. 1937
    Courtesy: Doug and May Easton
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  • Local Store

    How does a kid avoid the daily temptation of all those lollies in jars on the shelf when your Mum and Dad own the shop? They probably explained the excitement one experiences when visiting the DENTIST.

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  • Local Store 1939

    A brave young Doug Easton ventures out into the outside world dressed in his big sister’s clothes. Not a car or a person in sight, circa 1939.

    Date: c. 1939
    Courtesy: Doug and May Easton
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  • Lone Pine 1930s

    Doug Easton is enjoying a day at Lone Pine in the late 1930s with Joyce Pointer (L) and Mrs Annie Cowan.

    Date: 1930s
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  • Louie Bennett

    Louie Bennett pictured with grand daughter May Easton and “Tony” the horse. Circa 1932.

    Date: c. 1932
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  • Louie Bennett and daughter

    Louie Bennett, wife of Alfred Bennett pictured with her daughter Vera Easton, circa 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
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  • Louie Bennett and May Easton

    Grandma Louie Bennett and May Easton seem to be in the midst of some deep meaningful discussion at the rear of the shop.

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  • Louie Bennett driving horse and sulky

    Louie Bennett driving her horse and sulky. She later owned and drove a 96a Whippet.

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  • Louisa Bennett

    Portrait of Louisa Bennett, wife of Alfred Bennett, lived at 867 Waterworks Road.

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  • May Easton 1933

    May Easton features here in a typical Gap backyard photo. In the earlier part of the 20th century most families had a few chooks to provide eggs for their own use, now we all find it easier to buy them at the supermarket. Photo circa 1933.

    Date: c. 1933
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  • May Easton 1944

    14 yr old May Easton is pictured with her friend from down the road, Nancy Lawrence. Circa 1944.

    Date: c. 1944
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  • Morris Shoe Factory 1930s

    Lots of smiling faces at this photo shoot of employees at Morris Shoe Factory in the early 1930s. Frank Easton, far left with the black apron is not enjoying the same frovility. Frank worked here as well as having the shop at The Gap.

    Date: 1930s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Easton
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  • Mrs Cahill 1930s

    A wet day and Mrs Cahill shelters under Frank and Vera Easton’s shop awning at the corner of Payne Road with daughter Brenda and a few others Circa 1930s.

    Date: 1930s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Easton
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  • The Gap locals 1940

    The Gap locals pictured, circa 1940. Stan and Mrs Brambley on the left with Frank and Vera Easton.

    Date: c. 1940
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  • The Gap Methodist Cemetery 1930s

    This is the family grave of Alfred Bennett, son of pioneer settlers Joseph and Rosanna Bennett. The Gap Methodist Cemetery. Photo circa late 1930s.

    Date: c. 1930s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Easton
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  • The Gap Methodist Church 1940

    The Gap Methodist Church provides an historical backdrop to this picture of Doug Easton taken circa 1940.

    Date: 1940
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  • Vera Easton

    Vera Easton (nee Bennett), grand daughter of Joseph and Rosanna Bennett is pictured in the side paddock of her old home with Holcrofts farm (future Ashgrove Golf Club) in the background. Her parents home still stands at 867 Waterworks Road.

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  • Waterworks Road 1940s

    Waterworks Road and the only cars in sight are parked at the Ashgrove Golf Club. Janice Eacott, daughter of Gwen and Vic Eacott is strolling along the footpath outside her home opposite Uncle Frank and Aunty Vera’s shop, circa 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
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  • Waterworks Road Tennis Courts

    The first team at the tennis courts, 865 Waterworks Road, circa 1950.

    Date: 1950
    Courtesy: Doug and May Easton
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  • Wedding of Bertie and Ollie Curtis

    Wedding of Bertie and Ollie Curtis. Best man, Ollie’s brother, Bridesmaids Helen Seeleither (L), May Easton (R) and Groomsman, Bob Mitchell.

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