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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Richard.
Sorry for the delay in replying to you. I was only 5 at the hostel so was too young to be in the soccer team. I assume you would have played the matches on that playing field featured on my plan (I couldn't recall that field but someone had mentioned it on another site). I attended Hammondville june 1966 to jan 1967. I should have started in May but apparently I was ill with hepatitus after a major outbreak at Heathcote and East Hills Hostels. I wonder if you remember that?

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Leigh
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Andrew.
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We were in hut 21 which was divided into 4 units. Fascinating stuff about the murder news story. It'd be great to have a complete history of Heathcote Rd. Hostel and East Hills in book form including that and the floods in the 1950s, our experiences arriving off the ship, etc. There's such a lot I don't know, like when the hostels were first built.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:06 am    Post subject: The McGinlay's Hut 47 (1965 - 1966) Reply with quote

Hi Guys,
We were a family of 6 in 1966 when we arrived.
Jack & Betty with 4 Kids Martin (Me) 10, Elaine 8, Philip 6 & Anne 4.

We had many friends mostly Scottish, The Carlings, The Grey's, The Merino's & Bob & May Knatt (Pommies) were the closest friends to us.

Dad coached Heathcote Hearts during our time there & I played still remember the big Red V probably St George jumpers...lol.
I remember scoring a goal against Liverpool Rangers we were in front with the wind only to go down 7 - 1.

I married a girl that I met in 1972 in Green Valley only to find out later that she lived in the Naval Camp across the desert with her family in those years.

I attended Heathcote Primary & can remember walking to school through the bush collecting cicadas & any other beasties we came across.

Many a day would be spent climbing the water tanks at the top of the camp or venturing into the army base on the other side of Heathcote road to play on their training grounds & collect dummy bullets.
Dropping bricks off the East Hills walking bridge onto the unsuspecting jellyfish was also a favorite pass time.
It's a wonder we didn't loose anyone after closing time at the East Hills Pub as they wandered back to camp.

Mum is still alive 83 very soon and has excellent memories of this time Dad Jack passed many years ago from Asbestosis he pick up from working in the ship engine rooms during his merchant navy days.

I know I have some old pics somewhere I will try to find and post.

Anyway Cheers to those Years. Martin.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neat post Martin,
My twins played in that team too during 1967-71
Look forward to any photos.
Sorry about your Dad.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:27 am    Post subject: Managers Hut Reply with quote

Hi Phyl, I tried to 'join up' a few years back, I should have stuck with it. I did at that time catch upp with Nick Brent, we came over on the same boat the Strathaird 1954, we ended up at Cabramatta went to Fairfield High. Dad became a Manager with Hostels, we made various moves around NSW and VIc and back to NSW. Our second last move was to Heathcote, we were in the same Managers Hut that you later occupied, from that hut we moved to the next one up towards the office.
For some years I have tried to find if anybody has/had any knowledge of Lucy Reid last time I saw her I had just joined the Army 1959 and she visited our family at Bunnerong, Pat Kelly the last time I saw her was about 1958 however, I did learn she married a chap from Cabramatta Hostel who also became a 'copper' as I did after the Army, Irene Cross (bottom camp) last time I saw her was about 1956, I did hear that she returned to England as did Lucy.
As a result of the forums herein, Nick and I caught up in Bali after some 50 years as 'lost mates'. Neither of us liked High School at Fairfield, self because I was already in 2nd year in England and put back to 1st year here, so Nick taught me the art of 'wagging school'. I think the best part of High School was 3rd year at Leichardt whilst dad was at Burwood, but growing up as a teenager was memorable at Heathcote and East Hills. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 3:40 am    Post subject: Suicide 60/62...Murder 63 ? Reply with quote

Andrew and Richard, confusion, wrong story or mistaken dates....Monica Schofield murdered Deadmans Creek 1963 ? Gerald Ried (Reed/Read) committed suicide (by hanging) in the family 'hut' 1960...1962 ??
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