Memories from the Black Diamond District –Rube Hargrave O.A.M. Memoirs
Shared by Bronwen Chamberlain on the Black Diamond Heritage Centre Facebook page 21.11.2013
Mary Rueben Chamberlain was born in 1900. When she was living at Sandon Point in 1912 while her father was repairing and extending the Bulli Jetty, she attended Bulli Public School.
Rube would often get a ride to school with the train driver Mr Jarett on the coal train coming back from the jetty. The driver would put a corn sack down for Rube to sit on and once even let her blow the whistle when he approached the school.
Rube would then walk past Fry’s shop and cross the road to the school. Sulky’s and drays were the traffic on the road.
While living at Bulli both Rube and George (her brother) Chamberlain competed in the Wollongong Eistedfod.
Rube won doing the piece ” The Charge Of The Light Brigade”, and told us how disappointed she was that Bulli Public School never congratulated her on her success. However Mr Fry from the shop gave her his congratulation and two humbugs.
Mr O Donohue was the headmaster and his wife taught her sewing.
Rube, in the years when education for women was not recognised, went on to study after receiving an Astor and Underwood Commercial Scholarship.
Continued – part of Bronwen Chamberlain’s “Tales from the Black Diamond Districts“
To see more old photos or stories of the Black Diamond districts, please visit the Black Diamond Museum and Heritage Centre, Bulli Railway Station east, on Franklin Avenue Bulli, 2516.