Return to a home I once knew

Hannah Taylor (Don's daughter), Don Taylor, Doug Taylor and Nathan Taylor (Don's son) during their visit to Copeland Tops. Photo Anne Keen
Hannah Taylor (Don's daughter), Don Taylor, Doug Taylor and Nathan Taylor (Don's son) during their visit to Copeland Tops. Photo Anne Keen

It was a family trip that has brought back lots of memories.

Former Copeland residents and cousins, Don and Doug Taylor have been taking a walk down memory lane and found themselves back in Copeland Tops State Conservation Area on Wednesday, January 31.

Both were born in Gloucester in the late 1940s and spent part of their childhood in Copeland; Don moving away when he was six years old while Doug lived in the area for 15 years. The cousins are travelling around the region with members of their family, showing them the places they remember from childhood

It’s the first time Don’s children have been to the area; a trip his daughter, Hannah Taylor said is important as Don suffers from Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

They’re all touring around Copeland and Gloucester checking out which businesses and houses are still around from the late 50s and early 60s.

The Taylor’s were involved in the post office and farming in Copeland and part of the excursion was trying to see if these still existed; however, a lot has changed since they left town.

Doug explained how his father owned a fruit and vegetable shop in Gloucester.

“Everyone is town knew my father as ‘Sweet and Juicy’,” Doug smiled.

His name was Fred Taylor and according to Doug, he got the nickname for his explanation about the size of the oranges he sold. 

“They weren’t big, but he told everyone they were sweet and juicy,” he laughed.

Doug said they went looking for the old orchard and house he remember but the house and land have changed.

While stopped at Copeland Tops they ran into a long time resident who assisted with filling in a lot of the details about the people who used to and still do live in the area.