A Childhood Memoir by Peter R Fitton
Richmond Son is the title of my childhood memoir from Richmond, Victoria, Australia. Hello, I am Peter R Fitton. The book presents a host of short stories detailing the life and times of a boy growing up in Richmond during the middle 1950s.
The 1950s were a seminal time in the short history of Australia. The second world war had ended a mere ten years earlier. The last of the wartime rationing had only finished in 1950. It was a time when masses of European immigrants were heading to our shores, eager to start new lives.
A new age of prosperity was dawning, though in impoverished areas such as Richmond, the good times were still some years away.
I have presented many accounts in this memoir from Richmond of how life was to a young boy in the middle 1950s. There is also a brief background of the lives of my pioneering family who arrived in Victoria during the 1850s.