Shirley and Bill Prendergast 
Shirley and Bill Prendergast
  (Photo: Kerry Watson)  

 

Frankston Park, Young Street 
Frankston Park, Young Street
(Photo courtesy Frankston Library Local History Collection.  
Photo: R Daley)  

 

 

 




Bill and Shirley Prendergast




Shirley and Bill Prendergast describe how they met.






Shirley



On a football bus.


Bill


On a football bus, yeah.


Shirley


I used to go around and follow Frankston. He played for Frankston, in those days. We used to go every Saturday. They had two buses, one for the footballers, and one for the supporters. 


But then, coming home, somewhere along the line, there was a few of us supporters used to come home with the footballers. And of course, this is how it all happened, see.


Bill


I mainly come down and played with Frankston, from Rochester. I was only about eighteen then. I come here in 1937. From Rochester. And down there those days there wasn't much work going in country towns, so I had the opportunity of coming down, and got on the council here, and that's what I did forty-five years.


They used to have on the foreshore, between the two hotels on the foreshore there, used to be a motor camp. And that's where I first started when I first come down here. I wasn't a caretaker but I was like helping the caretaker in those days, which was the council.


Shirley


They'd come down with their tents and that sort of thing.


Bill


Very rare you'd see a caravan in those days. It was all tents, like. And that was like from the Yacht Club there to Wells Street. Well that went during the war.