Sisters’ Mt Hawthorn trip down memory lane earns City of Vincent Local History Photographic Award

Shirley Shaw and Viola Howell back at their childhood home in 2015.
Shirley Shaw and Viola Howell back at their childhood home in 2015.

A TRIP down memory lane captured on camera has landed Shirley Shaw (89) a history photographic award.

Ms Shaw and her sister Viola Howell (90) were photographed as young children with their parents outside their Mt Hawthorn house in 1931.

Shirley Shaw and Viola Howell in 1931.

Their father, who migrated to Australia in 1890, lost the house during the depression and the family moved to Joondanna.

Eighty-four years later in 2015, Ms Shaw and Ms Howell went back to the house to recreate the photo from their childhood.

It also served as a reunion of sorts for the sisters, who now live more than 400km from each other, one in Geraldton and the other in the Perth Hills.

The photo series won a category of the City of Vincent Local History Photographic Awards this week.

“We were just little kids in the first photo, we hadn’t even gone to school yet,” Ms Howell said.

“We went to kindy when we went to Joondanna.

“(But we still have) a lot of memories of the house.

“I remember celebrating Christmas out on the front veranda, they were exciting times, and we used to run up and down the side fence.”

The two sisters spent time earlier this year for Ms Howell’s 90th birthday.

“We talk on the phone but don’t see each other much, it is too far; I live in the Hills and she lives in Geraldton,” Ms Shaw said.