13th December 1971 emigrated to Australia as one of the last ten
pound trippers. Settled in Adelaide and went to work for Clarks Shoes.
Above is the telegram to Mum and Dad to tell them of our safe arrival in
Bought a Valiant Regal car,
what a monster, never had such a large car in all my life.
One of the best red wines to have passed my
This was my first home
in Australia. Everyone were the first occupants of the flats. I was in the
bottom floor centre. Above us were some of the boys / girls from a drag
show in town. One side was Mort and Linda from USA and the other side was
the Harney family also from the USA. The manager of the flats was 'John
Paul Jones' who was a compare for a weekly TV show called Beach Quest that
was a weekly beauty competition held on the Adelaide. Later he opened a restaurant
called Peanuts, cheap and great fun.
This is where I
worked, Clarks Shoes West Beach Road. It was a complex of 5 factories with
nearly 1000 staff. No air conditioning in the manufacturing area so during
the summer the temperature rose well above 40oC.