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I'm Frank from St Mary Cray, Kent. Berkeley Hostel

 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:05 pm    Post subject: I'm Frank from St Mary Cray, Kent. Berkeley Hostel Reply with quote

We were sponsored by AIS Port Kembla and arrived at Berkeley Hostel in June, 1966 after having sailed from Southampton on the Australis. I was only 15 and Everything was dry and dusty and we were told that there had been a long drought. Our arrival fixed that! It poured for the next 2 weeks turning the dirt paths into a quagmire. We were housed in a Nissen hut (2 families per hut) with a plywood partition dividing the 2 halves. Could hear every word from next door. Dad never started at AIS as he got the hump when he was refused a boiled egg at breakfast as these were reserved for night shift personnel only. We hopped on a train to Sydney finding accommodation and jobs within a week.
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