May Holt, Order of  
Australia, Frankston  

(Photo: Kerry Watson)  


George McCracken and workers  
George McCracken and workers
(Photo courtesy Frankston Library Local History Collection.  
  Photo: R Daley)   

May Holt

May recalls difficulties getting around in the fifties without a car.

You walked two miles, from our place, and you pushed your pram down to Frankston. Our part of the road, Heatherhill Road, wasn't sealed, it was a gravel road. And Hastings Road was just a lane each way. And screenings on the side of the road. You just had each side, just enough room for two cars, one to go each way. And then there was gravel to the edge of the road.

I was in the Air Force during the war, in the WAAAFs during the war, and I was stationed at Laverton and met a chap who I'd been stationed with in Mildura. He asked me if I was going home to Drouin for the weekend, and I said, no, I couldn't get back in time Monday morning. I would've been AWL. And he said, well come down to Frankston, Mum and Dad'd love to have you.

So I came down. And I came down every weekend until I got my discharge, then the day I went for my discharge, his mother said to me, if you can't get work at home, come to Frankston. You're welcome to stay here and get work here. Which I did eventually.

The Air Force, the WAAAF. That would have changed a lot of people. A lot of women would have joined the services who wouldn't normally have gone out and done that sort of thing. I was a mechanic.