Doreen Isabel May Pointon
Born: May 15, 1918
Doreen Isabel May Pointon celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends on Tuesday, May 15.
Doreen was born in 1918 to Eliza Adelaide Bottomley and Albert Arnold Bottomley, in the home of her grandfather Joseph Roberts in Mackay Street, Port Augusta.
Doreen was their fourth child out of five.
Her elder sister Edith Lilie Hemers (nee Bottomley), Leonard Albert Bottomley who died at 15 months of age from meningitis, Kenneth Arnold Bottomley, and then Iris Earle (nee Bottomley) who was 15 months younger than Doreen. All of which have predeceased her.
Doreen’s childhood was surrounded by her siblings and many relatives, and under the influence of her grandfather Joseph Roberts she had a strict Christian upbringing.
Living so close to the beach the family spent many hours swimming, sailing, fishing and playing at the foreshore.
On leaving school Doreen had to do the domestic duties at home in the mornings, as they also had boarders staying, and in the afternoons assist in the family shop, (Bottomley’s Drapery shop, it was where the NAB bank is now on Commercial Road), for a weekly wage of 10/- ($1).
Doreen saw this handsome young man who was the accountant, working for his cousin at Pointon’s Garage, the garage was then situated next to the Flinders Hotel, and each day he had to pass Bottomley’s to go to the bank.
Doreen used to race out to sweep the footpath in front of the shop, and yes she managed to take his fancy, and she married Harrold Frederick Pointon (Fred), on January 28, 1938.
The first 10 years of her marriage was spent at Tarcoola, where Fred was a fireman on the steam trains, working up to a driver on the GM’s.
At that time Tarcoola had 38 houses, and a hall where Doreen played the piano for the dances which were held weekly.
Doreen had three children, while in Tarcoola Graham and Robert were born and attended school there, Marion only spent three weeks of her life there before Fred was transferred back to Port Augusta at the end of 1948.
Doreen was a great cook, and was always making sponge cakes, and cream puffs for the Methodist afternoons, school fetes and other events.
She was a great sewer, besides making the children’s clothes she also made costumes for them to dress up for the primary school pet shows.
Knitting and crochet were also a passion.
She enjoyed photography; her little Box Brownie Camera served her well, some great memories captured.
Doreen was on the church committee auxiliary, she and May Footner received 25-year awards in recognition of their weekly visits to the hospital visiting patients, she was also a member of the Country Women’s Association and the Probus Club, enjoying many trips away.
Doreen’s is fortunate that there are now five generations of her family that is still living in Port Augusta and Stirling North.
After an extended stay in the Port Augusta Hospital, Doreen went to Flinders House at Quorn, where she has had excellent care and has stayed for the past six years.
Family and friends travelled from New South Wales and Adelaide to be with her last week and to share her special day.