The house in which Norman and Joan Grace live was built when the railway came through Talong.
They still have a paddock that they call railway paddock on their 120 acre property that boasts magnificent views towards the coast that is only 40kms away (as the crow flies).
Norman has retired now, he was a state supervisor at TAFE before his retirement. He also spent many years working as a graphic artist. He also spent many years working at the Herald in Sydney.
He taught around 3,000 students at The School of Graphic Arts.
They have four sons, one of whom is working in Heidleburg in Sydney after having received a scholarship and worked in Pittsburgh for 12 months.
In the 70s and 80s they were heavily involved with the Talong Activities Group (TAG) which would help those in need of a little assistance.
They also enjoyed art lessons.
The small school at Talong has always been a focus of community life with its 26 children and two teachers.
It is a progressive school with small classes offering students individual attention.
When students finish at school they then have to go onto high school and go either to Bowral or Goulburn.
Norman and Joan moved to Talong in the late 60s after the fires had devastated the area.
They have tales of how the convicts were housed in the caves in the area.
These were the same caves that the people who laid the tracks used to store their perishables.
Their property backs onto 400 acres of crown land and they are in constant marvel of the bush setting.
“The Echidna’s come and knock at the back door,” Joan said.
They enjoy country life and country living and Joan used to come to their property before moving down there permanently with the family.
There are many people who are starting to realise just how beautiful an area we live in.
Norman and Joan can remember the times when the orchardists of the area would take their produce to the Royal Easter Show in Sydney and come away with prizes galore. They would often have produce displays at the shows that were a sight to behold.
When the fires burnt them out many were not insured and most of them were not replaced.
They remember Doug Young who won the Junior Gardener Competition. At 18 he went into the army and worked on the Kokoda Trail.
“There are often bushwalkers who come up here and Canoeists enter the river here and paddle their way to the Tallawa Dam,” Joan said.
“Geology students often come up here to collect rock samples.
“There were gold Mines up here but they have been filled in.”
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