The Bindon, Hollingbery & Thomas families on Canvey
The Bindon family moved to Cambridge Rd on Canvey Island from Walthamstow as my grandmother Gertrude was suffering severe ill health. In time she opened a small kiosk at the seafront which exposed her to plenty of fresh sea air – helping her lung condition.
My grandfather Walter Bindon worked for the London Electric Company until he retired. Their son Walter emigrated to New Zealand in 1947 after serving in the Submarines during the war. One daughter Ivy married Harry Hollingberry and another daughter called Hilda, who lived with her husband Percy (Jim) Ryder in Southwick Rd in a property which backed on to the Bindon’s home. At the base of this page is a photo of Hilda and Patrick and also one of me and my sister Sandra.
The Hollingbery side of my family drifted down to Canvey from a very poor existence in the East End. Most of the menfolk were shoe and boot makers or repairers. My grandfather had a little shop in the Smallgains area. He and my grandmother Amelia (aka Agnes) worked there until their very old age. My father, Henry Hollingbery had a couple of mainland shoe shops but eventually sold up and became one of the first bus drivers on the Island. He later drove tankers for Regent Oil Co. His brother Charles Hollingbery was a builder on Canvey.
The Watts family had strong connections with the Methodist Church. My parents brought my sister and I up in Goirle Avenue in the 1940’s. I have photos from then if you are interested. We emigrated to New Zealand in 1963 but eventually returned to Canvey about four years later. They say you can never get the Island out of your system entirely.
During the floods of 1953 we were pretty badly affected and I have written an account of my experiences for my grandchildren.
Yours Shirley Thomas
You can read Shirley’s memories of the Canvey 1953 Flood Here