|John Curtin's daughter, Elsie Macleod recalls happy family outings to Cottesloe Beach|
JCPML. Records of Elsie Macleod. Interview of Elsie Macleod,
1994 & 1995. JCPML00012. (Interviewer Ronda Jamieson)
"... I do
remember going when we would all walk, the four of us, to the beach, because my
mother bought - how many dozens of yards she must have bought of this striped
towelling and she made - they were not coats. They had a cord through a shirred
sort of neckline, so you did them up there and they were like capes, so we
looked like a family of zebras going off to the
beach. [laughs] My father didn't have one. It was towelling, but his was different.
I think his might have been a bought one. But the three of us, my mother and my
brother and myself [laughs] when I think of it now [laughs] we must have looked
hilarious. I didn't see the funny side of it at the time. It just was normal,
but when I look back on it now, even when I was in late teens I think it dawned
on me. [laughs] But we all enjoyed the beach. We loved it."