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HMAS Leeuwin - Junior Recruit Training Establishment  

October 1966 to October 1967

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Robert Henry STEWARD

Official No: R95784 Aged: 16 years Joined: 9th October 1966
Division: Rhoades Home Port: Melbourne Discharged: 8th October 1978


Postings: Leeuwin 12 months (66-67), Sydney 12 months (68), Cerberus training ,(greenie) (69), Sydney 18 months (71), Tarangau 12 months (72), Lonsdale 8 months (72),  Tarangau 12 months (74), Cerberus (74-75), Adroit (75-76), Ardent (76-77) , Cerberus 77-78 payed off.
Notes: Had an unusual hobby in 'Tarangau', Manus Island, collecting butterflies whilst being paid at the same time!  Am a keen table tennis player and am currently in training for the 'Around the Bay' bike ride in October 2004.
Current Occupation: Working for Oce' Australia repairing and maintaining high volume printing equipment at a number of sites around Melbourne.
1966 today

Since leaving Leeuwin 1967, myself and most others from our intake went onto the Vung Tau Ferry, after that it was off to Cerberus for training, (greenie) and then back again to the Vung Tau Ferry, all up I think I did 7 trips up and back.  That put me off the big ships.  Tarangau in Papua New Guinea was my next posting, 90 miles south of the Equator for 12 months, I liked it that much I went back a second time.  We maintained patrol boats there and as a result my posting back at Cerberus was as an instructor on patrol boats,  the 'green' side of training.  I did such a good job their, Canberra decided to put me on one or two patrol boats, Ardent and Adroit, it was a bit like McHale's Navy, very slack, a lot better than being on those bigger ships.  The only down side of them was anything over a force 4, like a duck swimming past, made it a bit uncomfortable.

1978 saw me complete 12 years service.  Why did I leave then?  My wife Joan, 'who must be obeyed', said if you want kids I had better get out, she did not like the idea of travel and kids together.  Thatís why.

We settled in Frankston Victoria, I found a job as technician with Olivetti fixing office equipment, stayed with them a few years then decided to get into a business, a 'mixed business' that is, another name for that, milk bar, long hours, sore feet the odd broken shop front window, and squealing car tyres out the front of our live in shop.  We leased that for 2 years, had an offer to good to refuse, went back to Olivetti for 6 months and tried being an insurance sales person, which failed, was retrenched from a couple of jobs, then back into maintenance repairs again and have more or less been in that since.  The last 10 years have been in high volume printing equipment with odd working hours.

Joan and I have been married for 26 years and have two daughters, Kristy and Jodie.  Kristy, our eldest, is in the police force and loves it.  Jodie, our youngest, is a primary school teacher in her second year and tied the knot one week ago.  We donít have any grand children yet like many of you other 'scumbags' but are looking forward to if and when it does happen.

Thatís briefly what has happened in nearly 40 Years!


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