Family Stories – Uncle Abe and the car

Posted on 28 November 2009. Filed under: Family Stories, Uncategorized |

I know it has nothing to do with books but I’m going to give you a few family stories at odd times. My Great Uncle Abe passed on recently and has left a rash of stories. This is my favourite. It’s set sometime in the mid to late 1960s.

Uncle Abe used to work in Russell Street, Melbourne. He normally took the train into the CBD and then back home afterwards, embarking and disembarking at the old Princes’ Bridge Station under Swanston Street just before St Kilda Road. One day he had to take a parcel in so he took the car and as was possible in those day he parked outside his office all day with no repercussions. Nowadays you either spend an enormous amount on parking or move the car every hour or two to avoid a parking fine. After work he drove south down Russell Street, turned right into Flinders Street and was stopped at the lights at Swanston Street opposite the clocks. Knowing the length of the cycle he hopped out of the car (leaving the keys in the ignition and the engine on) to get a paper from Princes’ Bridge Station. At that point habit took over and he got on the train, got off at Gardenvale Station and realised what he’d done. So he crossed the line and went back into the CBD looking for his car. When he got there he found a policeman who directed him to his car which had been run up onto the pavement. The policeman had seen what he’d done and taken the car out of the way, he was most amused and let Uncle Abe take the car away without any official repercussions.

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Wow! That’s a great story! As you say – none of it could happen today – imagine the road rage he would have caused!

I hadn’t even thought about road rage.

Mum tells people about this one all the time.


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