A happy family snap will hopefully help to give some inspiration to people out there to dig out the old photo album and tell their story of growing up in Mt Albert.
Terry Maddaford (left), pictured with mum Pamela, sister and two brothers, had his arm twisted by Mt Albert Inc and we today publish his story about life in Mt Albert in the 50s and 60s.
Terry went from delivering the Herald as a schoolboy on Mt Albert streets to a career as a sports reporter for the paper – covering a vast number of international tournaments and matches, including nine Olympic and Commonwealth games, and the 1982 soccer World Cup.
His brother Rex (third from left in the picture) was an outstanding athlete at Mt Albert Grammar and wore the silver fern at the Olympics in Mexico in 1968, competing in the 5000m and 10,000m.
Terry’s story will interest anyone who grew up in Mt Albert in the 50s – and we hope it will encourage others to set aside their coyness and share their memories.
Everyone has an interesting story to tell and Mt Albert Inc wants to publish a catalogue of them – to add to our history page contributions and create an enduring record of life in one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs.
You don’t think you have an interesting story to tell? Rubbish! There’s a story in all of us.
The little things – going to the movies, catching eels in the creek, picnics on the mountain, favourite school teachers, the family’s first TV, Friday night shopping, causing mischief, catching the tram, a first boyfriend or girlfriend – may seem unremarkable to you. But they will be enjoyed by your generation and give insight to different times for those who are younger.
Do it now, please! Get out that family album and write about the place and people you fondly remember… before it’s too late.
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