In the late 1940’s his sister and her husband bought property in Liardet St close to Bay Street for 800 pounds with his uncle’s assistance. Her husband used to commute to work in Essendon. Next to the property was a strip of land that was vacant and after seven years they were able to claim it as their own. The house had a brick frontage but was in disrepair, so the couple later moved down the road to property on the beach. In the 1950’s, Roy used to visit the cinema on the corner of Bay Street and Liardet Street, with his sister.