I was introduced to Frank Cole through my friend Mel. She told me that her neighbour Frank was a great storyteller and suggested he would be the perfect candidate for an ABC Open story.
So she introduced me to 91 year old Frank who welcomed me into his home and in no time started telling me one of his many years worth of stories. I told him I was from the ABC and asked whether he would be interested in creating a Moment Behind The Photo project. He was happy to oblige. We settled on a photograph he had sitting on his mantle piece. It was a photograph of him taken in 1936. He was just a lad and looked very smart dressed in his work uniform. He was very proud of that photograph. He had it taken professionally and had sent it to his grandmother. He was particularly proud that he had a good job during the depression years.
Once Frank got talking about that photo and that time in his life, so many memories- good and bad - came flooding back. As a 16 year old, he was working at the Metro Theatre in Melbourne during the Depression years. He was very lucky to get the job; he had lined up with over a 100 young boys around a city block to vie for it. He enjoyed his work at the theatre. He ushered people to their seats at the beginning of a movie. He also spent a lot of time walking the city blocks of Melbourne delivering messages and packages to the other theatres.