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October 1966 to October 1967

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Peter John MURRELL

Official No: R95760 Aged: 16 years 6 months Joined: 9th October 1966
Division: Marks Home Port: Hobart Discharged: October 1976

Quartermaster Gunner

Postings: Leeuwin, Sydney, Lonsdale (Stuart Dry dock), Cerberus, Melbourne, Cerberus, Swan, Anzac, Cerberus
Notes: Was on board Melbourne when it hit the USS Frank E. Evans, 3rdJune 1969 (a night I’ll never forget). Paid the Anzac off.
Current Occupation:  I’m retired. After 27 years of interstate truck driving (that equals approx. 5.5 million kilometres)
1966 today

After Leeuwin I ended up on the Sydney like all you other poor unfortunates (Café Duty).  Then a short stay at Lonsdale while waiting for AB’s course at Cerberus to start.  Then I drew the short straw and ended up on the Melbourne, after the Evans accident I spent a glorious month in Singapore based at the Samba Wang R.N base, my job there was to make sure that all the Melbourne sailors beds were made every morning by 10am then I could do anything I wanted, “Shore Leave” Yippee.  My duty nights were served with the Pommy shore patrol driving around Singapore City checking out the nightlife.

From the Melbourne it was back to Cerberus for shore duty, then off to the Swan, I was not a happy chappie there, me and the Captain had words and I ended up on the Anzac minus an anchor on my sleeve, (but I got my revenge on the idiot who caused all the trouble in the first place).  After paying off the Anzac it was back to Cerberus until October ’76 and then elective discharge.  

Then came the good life as a Truckie until Sept. '03 when I had an heart problems, after the operation to fix things in the Royal Melbourne Hospital they sent me home to get better but they forgot to tell me about the bugs they left in me and 2 weeks later I was DEAD for 40 seconds, 2 weeks in intensive care and 6 weeks of intensive anti biotics and as you can see I’m still kicking.

I’m in my third marriage,  I should have married Patricia the first time because she is the best thing that has ever happened to me.


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