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Fuel hardships begin to hit residents

June 20, 2019

Residents in Rushall Park were among the many living in Melbourne who were hit by the fuel crisis during World War II.

They told The Herald that they had difficulty getting essential supplies. Few of the homes had gas, and many of the residents were using primus or small oil stoves barely big enough to hold one or two saucepans.

Their concerns were dismissed by the President Mr Fripp saying that a ‘truckload of wood had been given’ to the residents by an association member.

“It was sufficient for present needs, and arrangements had been made for continued winter supplies,” Fripp said.

He added that all 124 homes were fitted with an oven and gas stoves were replacing primus stoves as quickly as circumstances permitted.

Sanctuary is how artist Gillian Coates describes her home at Currie Park, OCAV’s village in Euroa. “When I go to Melbourne and I am heading back to Euroa, I can’t wait to get home to the peacefulness of this place. It is like a sanctuary for me."

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