Gus and Thea de Groot  

  (Photo: Kerry Watson)

Chemist and Edmonds, Frankston 
(Photo courtesy Frankston Library Local History Collection) 

Gus de Groot

In 1963 you could still walk home at night quite happily. We had three dances in Frankston.

You had the Rock Dance at Mechanics Hall - the old Mechanics Hall -  the old CWA Hall, which is now where the Bounty shop, that was the Jazzers. And then over at the Masonic Lodge. That's where you had the Fifty-Fifty Dance, and that was run by Titch Woodhouse, he was one of the local cab drivers.

That was a good night out, we all used to congregate down at Santa Maria's Restaurant, on the highway, and have a cup of coffee. Mainly from the Fifty-Fifty, a few of the Jazz Club used to come, the Rockers never come, that was the other mob, they were the one's that always got into trouble, you know.

We had the picture theatre, Lloyd Worland ran the movies, and we had the little milk bar thing in the front of that, and every Saturday afternoon it was comic swapping. You'd have comic swapping, and everybody would bring their Phantom comics and their Mandrake comics, and Superman. 

And you'd see thirty or forty kids with their comics, and they'd be spread all over the foyer, on the floor, we were allowed to do it, and, oh, I haven't got that issue, I'll swap you that one for that one, and that's how it went. '57, '58, around that era. And that was good until they knocked it down and it became Ball and Welch.