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A Sandringham Story - The Brown Family of Sandringham by Robyn Watters

My mother, Dorothy May Watters (nee Brown), was born at ‘Moira’ private nursing home at 47 Abbott Street, Sandringham on Christmas Eve, 1922.

Her parents welcomed my mother to ‘Kianga’ in Edward Street, later numbered as 48 and still standing. This house was very similar, if not the same as its neighbour; apparently one of a ‘pigeon pair’. The home was designed for young families, made of timber, on a small block and distant from her paternal grandparents in well-established Hawthorn.

My mother and her older brother Bill went to school locally; my mother attending St. Agnes’ Church of England Kindergarten, then Atherstone girls’ school (later to amalgamate with Firbank and become their Sandringham campus), then on to Firbank Church of England Girls’ Grammar School, Brighton for middle school.

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