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October 1966 to October 1967

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Peter John BRASSEL

Official No: R95711 Aged: 16 years 3 months Joined: 8th October 1966
Division: Marks Home Port: Sydney Discharged: 1986



Postings: Leeuwin, Sydney, Penguin, Melbourne, Cerberus, Watson, Anzac, Creswell, Nirimba, Derwent, Albatross, Vampire, Waterhen, Kuttabul, Adroit, Coonawarra, Stalwart, Encounter
Notes: I did my fair share of "chooks" before and after the wheel but all in all I have relatively few regrets.  I guess I have mellowed over the last 10 years.  They were 20 sometimes rough but still good years, I have many wonderful memories.
Current Occupation: Operate a taxi in Adelaide
1966 04/2005

My Leeuwin memories are mostly funny to me now but not always so at the time.  I will now say that I know who did the burn outs on the sports fields in the dead of night with a " borrowed " vehicle and despite the intensive grilling by the Master At Arms finest goons nobody squealed then and I am not going to now.  That and many other unsolved crimes will go to the grave with me.  I did have the pleasure of catching up with "Blue" McDonald shortly before he died.  And of course crossed paths with some of you from time to time.

Well how do you follow a class act like keeping the sea lanes open and holding back the threatening hordes for 20 years.

After I paid off, I became a private investigator and started my own security company.  I continued to study and this enabled me to set up some other companies involving Import / Export, Financial Adviser and Licensed Securities Dealer, a small trucking operation, Defence Housing Maintenance Contractor, Agricultural Contractor.  I have dabbled with Real Estate and the Stock Market and set up the first 'Dial A Chinese' Franchise in Australia and managed a business in Western Australia involved with the export of live Crayfish to Asia.

Along the way though I worked for a Labour Hire Company as the Human Resources and Training Manager.  I set up and ran a separate training company for them and discovered I liked training people and began doing some middle management training for a few Adelaide based companies.  A few years ago I realised life is too short and all the stress was not worth it , I decided to take a break from the rat race and prepare for my twilight years.  So this year I will (if all goes to plan) begin a new career without the rat race, teaching English overseas.  In the meantime I have sold up and play with my taxi a few days a week just enjoying life.  Old age has not been too unkind to me.  I have one son, 23, with his own family now, his mother and I parted company some years ago and I have not replaced her with anyone permanent.





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