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Many can still recall the village-like atmosphere of old Mitcham.

Young children sent down to the corner store would hand their basket up to the shop-keeper to fill with groceries for the child to take home. No money was exchanged, and if the child dawdled along the way to smell the flowers or play with a kitten, kindly folk would help him or her along their way.

On hot nights residents would sleep by the creek that ran through the Mitcham Reserve, their houses left open for their return when the heat had dissipated.

It was a community where everyone knew one another.

The residents of Colonel Light Gardens were linked through service to "King and Country" in the First World War. As returned soldiers they were given preference in buying into the 1000 Homes Scheme in what has become a famous example of the Garden Suburb concept.

During the Great Depression of the 1930s the "old soldiers" and their families became engaged in a self-sufficient lifestyle, using their large blocks to grow vegetables and fruit.

Coromandel Valley, now part of suburbia, was once a country town and even now retains something of its old social fabric. For many years there was no public transport in the evenings, and the steep and narrow roads were treacherous for strangers after dark. (See Tramways)

The communities in the hills of Mitcham became closely knit. Their location motivated the communities to provide many of their own facilities, such as a Boys Club from 1903, a monthly magazine with local news from 1914, fundraising for churches and, perhaps most visibly today, the Blackwood and District Community Hospital and Memorial Hall. Numerous working bees were also held to establish sporting facilities, plant trees and care for the bush. Many of these groups are still active.

The first Nursery School/Kindergarten in the Commonwealth was established at 36 (now 30) The Grove, Upper Sturt by Miss Margaret Symon and her sisters. Later as the Inn Nursery School it re-located to 24 Price Avenue, and catered for young children up to the age of 7 until 1948.

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