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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2004 10:36 pm 

Just browsing in the Fisgard site WHEN ..................wait fer it ................. I happened across the bows of yer board!

Looks like you got a goodun here; I see Les Darley has already found you. Watch out for the Darley genealogy skills. He can trace your ancestry back to the time they lived in the family tree !!

For any of you guys who were unlucky enough to attend the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Suffolk, UK, there is a talk site at:

Anyway, best wishes with this elequent board and may yer lum reek!



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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 1:38 pm 

Like several other came via info from Fisgard website. Transferred over in 76 spent a couple of months at Narimba then Melbourne, Creswell Supply and freedom. Still driving steam engine for a crust. regonised a few of the names on the membership list will have a closer look next time. Nice website.

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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2004 9:32 am 

Hi, I've just discovered this site via the UK Fisgard Association of which I am now a member and also the UK Fleet Air Arm Association. Both rediscovered after many years of retirement. I joined in 1941 as an Naval Air Apprentice and retired in 1971 with 15 years following in MOD/PE. A number of former colleagues either moved to Oz or transferred to RAN and some were still serving when I had a duty trip in 1984 and met them in Sydney. They and your association will probably be interested to know that I've just published my memoirs in A Bit of a "Tiff". I tried to send a book flyer to the RAN FAAA Association but I guess that it failed due to Spam blocking. If this is of interest I will forward details as you advise. Best Wishes, Bill

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 10:57 am 

Found you whilst browsing Fisgard assn site. will be back.
Spent many many years in R.N. but my first ship was Duchess, which I note a number of your members mention. like the theme tune

 Post subject: Tarangau 1973
PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2004 11:33 am 

Hello to all I met at HMAS Tarangau in 1973. It was a strange feeling to be on parade in green among all you white ensigns in the Manus heat. I remember arriving from Moresby via 1PIR to find a bunch of guys polishing shells. What a lunatic asylum I thought. Within a week, I had started my own collection which I still have- what else was there to do? I have very fond memories of my time there- fishing, drinking :drinkers: , sailing, drinking. :drinkers: drinking :drinkers: , training recruits, jumping them off the warf to find 3 could not swim - oh the embarrassment, naval recruits who could not swim, it never occured to me, swanning about in the Gunga Din, what a fine vessel she was, even if a museum piece, the road to Lorengau on my motor bike with the local policeman waving his fist at me from his bicycle to slow down, the beauty of the islands: above all I grew up there from a fresh faced national service Uni graduate to a young man on my return to Australia. Thanks to you all. In my drunken liquid state in my last 24 hours there, I never did get to say thanks to you all, especial Cox and Chief and your fine daughter Sir: and Lt Webster and Maria. Love to here from anyone who was there.
Pongo (David Thompson)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:22 am 

My grandfather grew up in Quakers Hill, he went to that little school at Parklea - remember if you crossed the railway line at Quaker's Hill and then kept going?
He settled in Blacktown with my grandmother whose father Jack Moon was a blacksmith in Blacktown 100 years ago. They lived in one of those houses just next to Blacktown railway station - near where the trains go off to Quaker's Hill. (The houses aren't there any more)
My mum remembers lying in the grass in the backyard with her sister during the war watching the pilots from Schofield's learning dogfighting over their house. Mum also remembers when Nirimba opened, she and her sister used to go to dances with some of the officers there. She says the CO of Nirimba came to talk to her parents about it - I don't know if that was good or bad!!
Many years later, and after a complicated series of chance events (I won't bore you with the details), I met a 2nd term apprentice from Nirimba. So even though I never went to Nirimba, I went there heaps of times! I remember the dog who lived at the gate, I remember the weird rules there were, and how big the place was. I remember him sneaking me into the division to show me where he lived (I was so scared we would be caught and there would be trouble! - so don't tell anyone, OK? THEY might turn him into a green frog or take away his birthday)
Anyway it is now 23 years later and we are still together, we have 2 kids who are both in Navy Cadets. (They don't want to join the Navy though)
I like being reminded of Nirimba, though for me it brings back all those memories of young love etc which is probably different to the rest of you!!
It is a great site and I like the forum software you use it is my favourite of all the kinds of internet forums I have used.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:39 am 
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C'mon Angela... [-X You can't stop there...!!! We want details... Some of us may well know you...! :-k

Who did you marry :?: what year was it that you went to the Nirimba dances :?: and what is your website :?: ours is phpBB, and yes, we like it...!!! :thumbright:

Rick Pengilly
13th MOBI Intake
July'62 to July'74
HMAS Nirimba - HMAS Melbourne - HMAS Cerberus - HMAS Tarangau - HMAS Lonsdale - HMAS Tarangau - HMAS Nirimba - HMAS Brisbane

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2004 9:08 am 
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Angela ! ! !
Great post........Of course you now have the interest of those on this site, although by 1981, a lot these guys were in the early stages of dementia, alzimers, substance abuse, homeless, deviate and just like the normal average sailor :-k :-k :-k :-k :-k :-k :-k :-k :-k :-k :- But will no doubt know your partner.
More info for them please.
Cheers Dino.

Dean Gedling.
Ex-Phot. R 63604
1964 to 73
Cerberus,Albatross,Melbourne,Albatross,Melbourne,Kuttabul and several short stints on Brisbane.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2004 11:28 am 
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Hi Angela,

Nice to hear from you. The only young love most of these old farts had at Nirimba was a 10oz glass of Reschs or Tooheys. #-o

I can relate to your story, having met my first wife when I was at Nirimba (she lived just up the road from Quakers Hill railway station), and getting married in 7th term. Only lasted 7 years (2nd one has lasted 23 years so far), but I thought it was true love at the time. Turned out to be true lust.

I see you had a Moon in your family tree. We've got a Moon child too, generally high on diesel or petrol fumes. Hope you're not related to our tartar-headed, train tootin' terror, Jim Moon. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Robin (Bob) King
25th MOBI Intake
July 68 - June 88
Nirimba, Waratah (Dam Neck), Brisbane, Waratah (Mare Is & LBNSY), Harman (CDSC), Waratah (Mare Is), Brisbane, Harman (Navy Office & CDSC), Waratah (Dam Neck & Mare Is), Harman (CDSC)

Wisdom comes with age, sometimes age comes alone.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2004 8:42 am 

hi all

just seen your site advertised in the RN regulators site and thought i would pay you a visit if there are any ex crushers/snakes/reggies out there feel free to visit

I visited the land down under during your bi centennial on HMS Ark Royal
and loved every minute cant wait to come back

retired from the mob in 99 and now having to work for a living at Gatwick Airport

keep up the good work and i will let you know if i am coming down under


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