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SHP0275 – Horrie Breeden – a long life in Surrey Hills

This is young Horrie Breeden. His family came to Surrey Hills in 1905 when he was aged seven and he lived first in Guildford Road and then Middlesex Road. As a primary school boy, he sometimes helped with milking at the adjoining Kenneally’s dairy in Highfield Road. At times, on his way to Surrey Hills Primary, he drove the cows from the Kenneally property to Schneider’s property near Florence Road. The cows would graze there until he and his brother took them back after school. At other times he would deliver milk from the Croydon Road dairy to St Joseph’s Boys Home in Kent Road before he went to school. After he left school, Horrie became an apprentice carpenter at Vine’s timber yard before serving in World War 1. When his father died in 1919, he bought 3 cows and established his own dairy on his mother’s property on the corner of Goodwood Street and Boisdale Road. In the 1920s, Horrie built the first house in Goodwood Street and went on to build others in the street, including his own.


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