From Leeuwin joined the Sydney for three trips. Drafted to
Lonsdale for three and a half months, then Cerberus for AB's course (QMG).
Went to Derwent for a jolly to Pearl Harbour 1969, back to Australia to be
posted to Parramatta for two years taking in the the sights of Asia.
Drafted to Creswell, promoted to leading seaman 1972. Drafted to
Stuart then back to Cerberus for a Petty Officer's course. On
completion of course posted to ships in reserve and had a four month
holiday taking in a bit of fishing and doing rounds through the Anzac and
After our time on Sydney in 67/68 with all that was happening, it was
quite aerie to walk through the main passage after she was decommissioned.
Drafted to Swan for two years with jollies up top, picking up my PO's
December 1974. Posted to Yarra for five months with a trip to New
Zealand. Two year posting to Albatross and then two and a half years
on Adroit operating out of Darwin. Back to Albatross for just over
two years, was posted to pick up the Darwin in the USA but knocked it back
as they offered me promotion to Chief. Last posting was Buffer on
Stuart in the West. (It only took seventeen years writing dream sheets to
get a posting to the West.) Had another jolly up top which included China.
I married when I was at Creswell 1972, had three girls. Divorced in
Married again in 1981, had three girls. Separated 1996, divorced 2000.
Married again 2002 to Pauline.
My girls are spread around the country, the eldest, Leonie, is near
Surfers and has three daughters. The twins, Pamela and Tracey live in
Adelaide. Pamela has a girl and two boys.
From my second marriage, Nicole is in Karratha, Candice and Shannon are
living in Rockingham.
When I got out of the navy I worked at the University of W.A. and left
two years ago. Since then I have been a TPI pensioner.