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Dundas Hostel 1968-69

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:56 pm    Post subject: Dundas Hostel 1968-69 Reply with quote

Hi everyone, I'm Andy and I have just come across this site via a link for Marmite of all things. We arrived at Sydney via the TV Fairsky in January 1968 and we were dispatched to Dundas Hostel on Bettington Road.
My Dad eventually got a reasonably good job at Caltex refuelling aircraft at Mascot Airport. My Mum took a part time job at a hospital in Rydalmere but only for a few weeks. I attended Oatlands Public School. Although Dad looked at buying a house in Australia we were to spend 23 months at the hostel before returning to the UK.
We departed Australia late November 1969 on the same ship that had brought us. We had tickets for the Fairstar in the December (or January) but the Fairsky had broken down at Cape Town and as it was in our window, we took the opportunity to take the earlier ship (running a fortnight late). We had looked forward to living in Australia but it was a completely different way of life and we didn't really adapt. With hindsight, we probably made the wrong decision.
When we arrived back in England we wanted to be back in Australia again. A problem that many families had and some would turn around and go back again many times. Someone on the ship likened England and Australia to watching a film .... In Australia you live your life in colour, in England your life is played out in Black and White.
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