Norma Browning

Movies were shown at the North Fremantle town hall and I worked there from when I was 16 years old. On Fridays, women in the audience were placed into a draw to win chocolates during the film’s interval. The senior usherette would call out the number of the pick, indicating who’d won, then wave her arms to the film operator to communicate that the film should start again. One time on doing this her knickers fell down.

There was a very good chemist in North Fremantle, Mr Doepel. He’d be available for his patients 24 hours a day. He’d come to the movies for the second half of a film. He’d shut his shop at about 930pm and we would reserve a seat for him. He would only have been there for 5 mins before someone would come to request that he opened his shop back up to provide assistance. He was such a hard worker.