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Beryl Leitch interviewed by Jasmine Vidler at Manildra Library during Manildra Memories Day on 25 May 2007.

Darral’s father Bill Leitch leased the butcher’s shop in Manildra in July 1934.  Lived in a home in Orange Road, married Elsie. In December 1938 he bought a property on Sandy Creek Road.

In September 1941 he bought a house and baker’s shop, then bought butchers and another bakery.

He was a butcher, later a stock and station agent and had the mail run and was a carrier.

Darral Leitch pictured in his truck.  He worked as a carried, carted flour and feed from the mill, cattle, wheat, wool and hay from 1969 – 1990. The first truck was a D-Series Ford, cost $7,000 in 1969.  Beryl took this photo in November 1989.  Grandson Aaron Whiley is sitting on the back of the truck and Darral is in the driver’s seat.  It was taken in Deowrie and Cudal Streets, Manildra – the building is now the Rural Centre.  The business name was D.M Leitch.

(William Leitch)

Photograph of Darral’s father William Leitch (wife Elsie).