ORIGINAL: Linda McLean (second from left) with l-r sons David and Peter, Janice and Neil Cameron.
ORIGINAL: Linda McLean (second from left) with l-r sons David and Peter, Janice and Neil Cameron. Contributed

Byron local moving on after 60 years

AFTER 60 years in her house on Bangalow Road at Byron Bay, Linda McLean has sold up and "flown the coop" to Casino to be nearer her family.

When Mrs McLean and her late husband Theo first arrived in Byron from Urbenville, they rented rooms in the building that was later home to the Ribcage, before buying the war service home, originally at 2 Seaview St (corner of Bangalow Road).

"We thought it would be a better life for our three sons, Stephen, Peter and David," she said.

Linda sold her home through LJ Hooker, Byron Bay, but remained tight-lipped about how much it went for.

"Prices are terrific at the moment and it makes your house worth more, but it also makes it hard for the working man to afford a home," she said.

Linda remembers Byron fondly as a working town with the dairy industry, meatworks and even whaling supporting the economy.

"Back then Byron was a real working-class town and everyone had a job," she said.

"I think the town looks a little bit sad now; it's getting much more citified.

"Back then our big Sunday out was to get dressed up and take the family for a walk out along the jetty down near the whaling station.

"I never thought I would see the day that we would have parking meters in the main street of Byron."


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