City links are still strong
IT WAS an emotional trip down memory lane for a former Warwick local on Monday.
Yvonne Monger (nee Gillam) was passing through the Rose City with family on her way from the Goondiwindi Races when she decided to find the home she lived in as a newborn.
Her search ended at one home in Mary St, much to her delight and the delight of the current owners.
Mrs Monger said she didn't have much memory of the home as she was so young at the time.
"My auntie Edna Gillam used to live in the house directly behind," she said.
"We shifted to Wallace St when I was about two or three."
The 77-year-old had always wanted to return to her many childhood haunts over the years, and when the chance came she took it.
"We went out to the cemetery and found my grandparents' graves," she said.
"Coming along Pratten St we saw Bell's Butchers, which is owned by a relative of mine."
Joining his mother on the trip back in time was Jim Monger, who described it as nostalgic.
"Mum's always wanted to come out and do it," he said.
"She's having a good time - it's nice to see her happy."
Although she left the Rose City when she was 14, Mrs Monger said she still had a clear memory of her time here.
"I can really remember the days I lived in Warwick - you don't forget these things," she said.
"Mum used to wheel us down the street in a pram - my sister won a baby comp and I was the ugly one.
"I had a very good childhood."
Mrs Monger comes from a long lineage of Warwick families - her mother was a Bell who had 10 brothers.
"My mum's father George Bell worked at the council," she said.
"When my mum was born they flew a flag in honour of him finally having a daughter."
The former Warwick State High School student also paid a visit to Warwick Central State School, where she was a student for many years.
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