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  1. Hi All, You have probably seen all of the reports regarding the bushfires in Australia. Where I live on the Mid North Coast of NSW between Forster and Taree. Only 5 weeks ago we were almost evacuated because of fires near us.Driving down to Sydney 400ks south the temperature reached 47 degrees Now we have in 3 days had more than 20 inches of rain.Since spring I had not mowed our lawns once(normally twice a week) Now after the rain I have stuff growing everywhere and mowed twice in 4 days!!!! Our farmers are loving it,after the crippling drought they are once again"farming". Sad part is that our golf course is closed "to wet". Before the rain it was just brown,not a patch of green anywhere,in just 3 days you would not believe the transformation. But thats Australia it,s happened before and will happen again. I just thought I would give an insight into life in Australia. I love it!!!
  2. Hi All, Thanks for your postings.I still have images of my Dad riding his bike to work wrapped up against the cold,worked for Avro aviation in Nottingham.We had little money as was the case with many at that time. Things had to change for him and us after the war, Australia was the answer. It changed his whole life around,job with Qantas,able to buy a car,etc. Sadly he died aged 63, a result of smoking as many did during the war. Sydney was where I worked but now live on the Mid North Coast near Forster,a most beautiful place to be,lakes, beaches,unspoiled countryside, and great golf!!!. When I started my trade course at Ultimo Technical Collage,they couldn,t understand me,so I made the effort to speak "Aussie" Nobody picks me now as a "POM". My wife and I are now Australian. Never been to Canada but I would suspect in some ways it would be like Australia. Yes Ostalgian many did go back, East Hills in those days was "Bush" and very hot and some could not cop it, mind you if you went back in less than two years you had to repay your fare to Australia. I often comment on the refugee camps up north with airconditioning,medical facilities, meals etc, and they are complaining all the time, I have sympathy for them but I wonder how they would have copped the Migrant Hostel at East Hills.By the way East Hills is now a suburb of Sydney with great housing and infrastructure. The bush fires and drought this year have been tragic,one burnt near us but the amazing helicopters and planes ambushed the blazes, I watched the choppers suck water from the local dam and dump on the fires, all in unison and poor visibility..
  3. I often wonder how many Notts people emigrated to Australia? I went to Ellis Tech school and with my family emigrated to Australia in 1956. My Dad was in the RAF during the war and after hearing about Australia from Aussies in the forces decided that after the war we would emigrate. Not so simple, we were declined a few times because he at the time he was running a fish and chip shop in Nuthall Rd.and the Australin Goverment did not want fish and chip shop owners?, It wasn,t until he got a job with QANTAS that we were accepted. The drama continued when the Suez crisis began,several departure dates cancelled until finally we sail on th MV Fairsea from Southampton and were actually the last ship through the Suez,followed by two gun boats which closed the canal.Our first accomadation was at a place called East Hills Hostel, we had left the English winter to arrive in the Aussie summer, Nissan corrugated huts, no air conditioning and only an ice box to keep food. Mother was not happy!!!. I loved it, fishing and swimming in Williams Creek. Over the years I have tried to make contact with old school mates that I played football and cricket with without any luck.I recognized photos from the Ellis forum of teachers that taught me. It,s funny how your allegiance changes, at 13 when we emigrated I was mad about the English cricket team,but now I am true to Australia in all sports. Now married 55 years to my wife (Welsh) with 3 children and grand kids. So I just thought I would post this brief to see if any others have similar stories to tell?
  4. Hi All I thank you for your information. I was born in 1942 and I believe I was 1 year older than Robin,he was a good swimmer and may have furthered in that sport?
  5. Hi OZTALGIAN, I live on the Mid North Coast of NSW just out of Forster 4 hours by road to Sydney. We built here 2003 on a golf course estate,still playing golf but as we get older the game becomes a "mystery". Can you recall what year you new of Robin,I would imagine he would still live in the area,maybe listed in the local phone book. Regards Keith
  6. Hi Alpha, You mentioned "Robin Soar" in an earlier post. Robin and I where mates in the early 50.s before my family emigrated to Australia in 1956. Lost contact all those years ago. His dad was a coal miner and they lived in Cyril Ave. My Dad ran the shop next to the Post Office, did fish and chips and groceries later. Do you know of Robin,s whereabouts? Probably a long shot but someone may know. Regards Keith
  7. Interesting what a topic like "Fish and Chips" can dig up.Cliffton I have googled No 30 before. We Lived there 66 years ago. I remember The Mill cafe well my mother ran a hairdressing shop on the opposite corner. We used to sled down the hill from near the railway bridge dodging the trucks as they came from the Mill cafe.I see the "Nags Head" is still there,my Dads drinking hole. Over the years I have tried to find my old mates who lived in Albert and Cyril Ave but had no luck. Names were John Perry and Robin Soar. Any clues?
  8. I don,t recall "Pinketts" His shop was next to the then Post Office, corner of Albert Ave. My Dad also made "crisps" in his shop which he delivered to the local pub,s. I also believe he made the first flavoured crisps. Also a fire broke out in the shop,attended by the local brigade. The story goes that he put on the beer for the guy,s after they put the fire out !!!. I would have been about 10 at the time and went to Whitemoor primary school. How,s your golf going?. Regards KJ
  9. Jem, I don,t recall that shop. My Dad had a fish and chip shop at 30 Nuthall Road. Anyone remember that one,would have been early 50,s
  10. Hi Jill,

             I was just scrolling through posts on Bobbers Mill when I came across your post on the Wheatsheaf Hotel. I remember it well, I used to fetch fish and chips for the drinkers in the beer garden.I would climb over the wall where the swings used to be,and across to the fish and chip shop. It would have been around 1952 to 56. What a shame that it is to be a Macca,s site. I now live in Australia emigrated in 56, attended Whitemoor and Ellis schools. I have tried to contact old friends with no luck.

    1. Jill Sparrow

      Jill Sparrow

      Yes, I remember The Wheatsheaf very well. Your memories will be a bit earlier than mine but I do remember the swings. It was a quiet place to sit outside with the family on warm summer evenings. Like everything else, it's all changed now. It's some years since I was in the area.


      Don't give up on the search for old friends. It's amazing who stumbles across this site, given time.

  11. Hi Oldie, We must have been in the same choir, I am 74 so would have been 12 or 13 at the time. did you know Cannon Leeper ? your thoughts about him? I lived at Bobbers Mill and later at Cinderhill. Wow such a long time ago.
  12. I used to sing in the choir at St Micheal and all Angles. Cannon Leaper was a great man and had a great influence on me. He would spend countless hours with the choir boys,teaching us about many things. He later went to Southwell Cathedral. I believe the tower was incomplete due to lack of funds.Weddings were conducted some Saturdays and I used to get a couple of bob for singing Ave Maria while the bride and groom signed the registrar.Even though no spire was built their was still a bell tower which we would ring 3 x 100 times before Sunday,s sermons would start.I was sad to learn that the old church was demolished some years ago. Adjacent to the church was a hall that we used for various events,but I guess that is gone also. We choir boys used to smoke in the Vestry toilet and Clement Leaper knew it,I remember getting the signal that he was on the way to the Vestry,'fags out'was the call (as if he wouldn,t smell them) in he came pointing to a painting on the wall of Jesus, "Jesus can see you in every part of the room" he said,sure enough the eyes of the painting watched you wherever in the room you were!!!!. I am not sure what year I was there, we emigrated to Australia in 1956,I was 13.I did visit him at Southwell where he allowed us to "scrump" the apple trees at the back of his residence.He wrote a letter of introduction for our our new life in Australia.Orphan Annie I can only reiterate earlier comments that he was following church protocol in your case. He was truly a great man.
  13. I remember Cyril Ave quiet well. As I recall at the location of the arrow behind the houses there were old cars dumped there.As a youngster I would sneek in and sit behind the wheel of the wrecks, I guess it would have been around 1952/4. My mother had a hairdressing salon just down from the Nags Head. I note an earlier surname of"Soar" in a school photo I wonder if she was any relation to a Robin Soar I knew,lived in Cyril Ave, his Dad was a coal miner. I spent many a Saturday fetching fish and chips for the drinkers in the Wheatsheaf beer garden.
  14. Hi Paulus, just a hunch, I notice you live in Romney Marsh, in recent research of my family I came across a marriage certificate of my Great Grandfathers second marriage (John Jessiman) to Louisa Ellen Bransby,in 1910, giving their address as Bristol Cottage, Lydd. Do you know of this Cottage? I used Aspley library 1954 to 56 it was great place to stop on my way home from school. I guess the cottage is long gone, the mystery I am trying to unfold is his first marriage and a possible half brother to my father. I note nostalgia as an interest so if this "tweeks" anything I would be happy to upload the certificate. regards KJ792
  15. Katyjay, We have been to the Canyon, awesome,must be a great place to live. Wife and I travelled a bit around the Sates, hired a car, did all the tourist spots, loved the country. Yes my wife and I still play golf, we live on a Golf estate called Tallwoods on the mid north coast of NSW,moved from Sydney when retired 13 years ago now. At the moment we have had no rain for 3 months, and you may have heard we have raging bush fires all around. Poohbear, Aspley cinema? I used to go there once a week, cost me one shilling I think for a bar of Cadbury,s and entrance, all I had left from my paper run and paying off my Raleigh bike @ seven and sixpence a week. I remember coming out one night to the thickest smog you ever saw, the bus conductors were walking in front of the double deckers (No 22) at the kerb with torches to guide the way,freezing cold. The price you paid to see Roy Rogers in a smoke filled cinema. Off to Sydney today 450 kilometres south to pick up my wife,s sister arriving from Halifax UK.