On the move
Between leaving DE KUYPER and start work at WPH Timber
Why I left DE KUYPER is another story I will tell on another page!
Between my date of resignation at 15th of July 1961 and starting
work at WPH Timber & Hardware Pty.Ltd. on the, I think it was somewhere in
mid August 1961 (I suppose I can look it up in my tax files, I still got those
from those days!!), we firstly had an eventful flight
with KLM flying a DC9.
In Rome we landed with a faulty engine. This had to be acquired from Amsterdam so we had a night in Rome in a hotel very close to the
Vatican. After a few more landings there must have been something wrong in
Karachi because we were driven from the airport to a very large resort hotel
where we were presented with a lavish dinner under the moon.
A few more landings
and then the landing in Biak. A flat tyre!! Biak was a very primitive airport
and we all could stand around the aeroplane, lit by torches while they changed
From there to Sydney where we arrived well after the landing curfew.
Because the plane had so many mishaps they allowed us to land in the middle
of the night, We had to wait for the emigration and custom officer to arrive.
After that we were taken by bus, all 3 of us and 2 other people, to a hostel in
Summer Hills. It was the coldest night of the year and we were very
uncomfortable. In the morning, a beautiful sunny winter day, we learnt that we
were destined for Bonnegilla.
That same morning we read in the newspaper that
the migrants in that place were sort of rioting about the conditions in that
place. We therefore told the people who were supposedly in charge of our welfare
that we refused to go to that place.
So we stayed in Sydney and arrived in a
migrant hostel at Scheyville near Windsor (and also near Richmond were we live
at present). From there I
scouted for a job.
More of this Story later!!!!