Richmond Son is about my early schooling at St James and daily life in my neighbourhood. 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.