Richmond Son is about my early schooling at St James, North Richmond and daily life in my neighborhood.   I also include many of my early memories of the wonderful places I visited as a child.

St James Catholic Church in Kent Street, Richmond with the school building beside.  In my time the priest's presbytery lay behind the church and the new convent for the nuns was behind the school building.  On the left side of the church and some distance removed, the old convent used to face Burnley Street.

I attended St James from 1955 through to 1960, my parents re-enrolling me at the state school, Hawthorn West Central in the final term of grade six.    The move ensured my smooth transition to secondary school and away from the catholic school system.

'Enfield,' my home at 144 Burnley Street, Richmond on the corner with Murphy Street.  My grandparents purchased Enfield in 1921 following the death of one son and injuries to another in The Great War.   My father was a four year old child when the family arrived at Richmond.

'Enfield' was a free standing terrace house built in 1901 by David Mitchell, a builder of enterprise and father of the world famous opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba.   Mitchell lived further along Burnley Street at his home, 'Doonside.'

'Enfield' stood on the corner of Murphy and Burnley Streets.   It's now no more, having been demolished around 2013.   A block of apartments now stands on the site and that of the next door property.

My memories of living in 'Enfield' and of my life in Richmond were of happy times.    My family lived in my grandmother's home.   It was an experience where family values were paramount.