Welcome to Humans of Hampton. Yep, a total rip-off of Humans of New York.
One Saturday morning in late 2015, I got chatting to my son’s cricket coach and I started grilling him (I mean asking a couple of questions) about his love of cricket and he talked about his childhood growing up in country Queensland playing sport all the time, every waking moment. I remember thinking afterwards, isn’t it funny how he’s ended up in Hampton.
Probably not that funny, but it did get me wondering what path he took to get here. So the germ of an idea grew until I gathered enough courage to start interviewing a range of people connected with the suburb of Hampton (in Melbourne, Victoria) and hope that others enjoy reading about their ‘neighbours’.
But hey, you don’t have to live in the area to find these stories interesting because they’re not suburb-centric. So far we’ve had an ex Big M girl, incredibly sad and equally incredibly happy stories of pregnancy and children, the fun story of Steve who name drops a tonne of well-known Melbourne identities and then there’s Helen’s compelling story of her debilitating pain disease, her breast cancer and the awful battle her 18yo daughter is fighting against anorexia.
Now they’re quite long and I’m definitely no editor, but I think that’s what makes it; it’s the person’s story from their own mouths. So if you’re as curious as I am about how these people came to live in bayside Hampton (and slightly beyond), grab a cup of tea or a wine and read on…
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