From left to right Shiela, Margaret at back
Dad sitting with Anne on his lap, Mum & Me
1957 when my Mother had an accident I applied for and received
an exemption from Meadowbank Junior Tech. In that year I worked
as a telegram boy with the PMG in Seven Hills Sydney until I was
offered an apprenticeship as a Metallurgist with Turner &
Company in Parramatta. I stuck that out for eight months then
went to work as a station hand on Redmount Cattle Station near
Monto in Queensland.
soon found out that horses and I did not get along, and so after
six months I headed back to Sydney where I took up my apprenticeship
again. In early 1960 I passed all the tests for the Navy, however
when told I had to sign on for nine or twelve years I decided
against the Navy.
November 1960 a mate of mine, Burnie Malloy, talked me into applying
for the Army so off we went down to Rushcutters Bay to enlist.
Out of the thirty-two people who sat for the test only three of
us passed, Burnie was not one of them. He was to die in a car
accident a year later in Western Australia.
only seventeen, I had to forge my parent's signature to enlist,
as my father who was a pacifist would not have let me join. Because
it was so close to Christmas I had to wait until the 9th of February
1961 before reporting to Eastern Command Personnel Depot at Watson's
Bay. When there was enough to form a platoon we were moved to
the Recruit Training Battalion at Kapooka near Wagga Wagga NSW.
My military career was about to start.