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THE 1968 STATISTICAL ACCOUNT

Writing in 1968, the Rev. James Kidd reported that the population of Tealing had steadily declined between 1831 and 1931, but had started to pick up when the holdings were rented in the late thirties: ­

1901     615

1921     577

1931     515

1961     808

The average numbers of births, deaths and marriages had continued to decline and in 1968 was 15, 5 and 8.  On housing, he reported that" farm cottages have been extensively brought up to modern standards as workers will no longer tolerate poor living conditions.  Holdings have a house of four rooms, kitchenette and steading, brick built, now thirty years standing and sufficient for families of 2/3 children, which is the prevailing distribution. Council houses are from 2 rooms to five rooms.  The smallest are equipped to suit the aged, many of whom live alone, while the larger are occupied almost entirely by city workers".

Regarding social amenities, the Rev Kidd said that, in 1968, there was relatively active local involvement in the Brownies, Cubs, Scouts, Guides, Senior and Junior Youth Clubs, Sunday School, the Men's Social Club, the Woman's Guild, the WRI and the Tenant's Association.  But he added "since the introduction of television and the installation of electric power in every quarter, social activities have declined.  The football team from ten years ago no longer functions and, as there is no commercial amusement, those who seek it may use a regular bus service to Dundee or Forfar, or travel by private cars, which a large majority owns.  Community sense is divided between those who come from and work in the city and those who work the land.  It is difficult to predict how the two streams of living will develop, by flowing into one, or striving to retain their separate identities".

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