Thanks so much for sitting down with us today Mr. Cowley. It’s no secret that you love Mosman, but the suburb of Bankstown remains close to your heart doesn’t it?
Yes that’s right Anna. I had an idyllic childhood in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown. In the 1940’s it was a very free and easy place to live. My brothers and my mates had a great time growing up in a semi-rural environment. My dad was a bus driver, a delivery man and he also worked at DeHavillands at the airport repairing planes. Mum worked for Sunbeam Electrical.
What did your family unit look like?
Well, my poor mother had to put up with dad, plus four sons … Les, Teddy, Johnny and myself. For years we lived in an old military tent while our house was being built. The house was very basic by today’s standards, with two bedrooms, an outdoor dunny and external bathroom!