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October 1966 to October 1967

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Steven Wayne EWEN

Official No: R95732 Aged: 15 years 6 months Joined: 12th October 1966
Division: Morrow Home Port: Fremantle Discharged: 31 December 1973



Postings: Leeuwin, Sydney, Cerberus, Stalwart, Sydney, Platypus, Kuttabul, Anzac (on loan), Melbourne, Kuttabul.
Current Occupation: Sales & QA Manager, Pacific Avionics Pty Ltd, Bankstown Airport, Sydney, NSW.
1966 today

Along with many others, I ‘resigned’ from the RAN when Gough came into the PM’s position and decided to reduce armed forces numbers.  I joined Rank Xerox as a photocopier technician and stayed there for 8,1/2 yrs going through the ranks into management.  Left Xerox and went to Wang Computer staying for 10,1/2 yrs.  Finally got retrenched and after 8 months out of work went to work for AWA Defence Industries.  That lasted only 18 months or so when they closed down the Electronic Services Division.  Went to work for AMTEC Avionics which was created from the remnants of one of the AWA arms.   AMTEC went belly up in 2001 (not long after I divorced – could be a message there?) so I went to work at the same company as my new partner doing data communications and other electrical construction work.  Now working for Pacific Avionics at Bankstown Airport as Sales and Quality Assurance Manager.

Have a daughter (Kristie) now 31 and married and has given us a grand daughter (Grace) aged 16 months.  Also have a son (Jacob) now 27 still living with his mother.  Jay was working in hair dressing but has now switched to working as a Veterinary nurse/assistant.

My partner Jen and I have known each other for some 29 or so years and have been together since the divorce. Looking forward to slowing down in the latter years but no sign as yet.  Still drinking too much, smoking and generally being too young for the years.  Enjoy hitting the golf ball as my only sporting activity.


Steve's personal photographs




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