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Were the Channon markets a place where old settlers and new settlers met early on?
Carol: Oh I can tell you about the first market. The first market we had was, I think the first official market… first of all, the painter that lived in the tea house? Who was that, the potters?
Leigh: Taylor was it?
Carol: Michael and Betty Taylor. They actually had a little market at their place. And then Bren Claridge got the idea – we’d been having barter markets here for years, but you realise it’s a bit hard to swap a mattress for a bunch of bananas. We couldn’t work it out, so it was sort of slowly filtering in to having a market. Michael and Betty Taylor had one, then Bren started an official market at the local hall, and we had it on the Saturday and they had church in the hall on Sunday. And I don’t know what year this was, do you know what year that first market was? It was a long…
Ray: Oh, not off hand I don’t. I’d have to look it up.
Carol: Subhana was still around cause we dressed up as Lao women and baked bananas, so it must have been really the early ‘80s I would say.
Ray: No it would be earlier than that.
Carol: Earlier than that.
Ray: Yeah it was about 35 years ago, I reckon.
Leigh: Probably ’77 or something.
Carol: Oh yes it would be.
Carol: So it was before the forest, which was ’79. And, anyway we had the market in the hall. And the next day they disinfected it. For church. We left it, we cleaned it up. We’re not dirty people.
Jo: That’s a very visceral sort of….
Carol: It is, they disinfected it. So it was a very, yeah, you knew you were in a minority group.
Ray: It was funny though, cause Phyllis Jackson – she was involved in that early market too. She was one of the people and she came from a traditional farming family up at Koonorigan.
But after those initial ones did, did it become a place where there was a meeting of the old and new settlers?
Ray: No, it’s always been an alternative market.
Carol: And I remember Annie Bolitho, and I don’t know what year that was, she organised a big event to celebrate people who volunteered in various ways.
Ray: Oh yeah, that’s right.
Carol: Do you remember that?
Carol: That would have been ten years ago, or more ago. And anyway she had funding for it, and she set up very nice things and food at the oval. And it was very clear that the old settlers all sat down the far end under the trees with their eskies drinking beer and the others, the rest of us, milled around and there was no meeting.