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Currumbin Beach, South East Queensland.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

IT STARTED TO HAPPEN

It has been ages, but I am going to add more posts to "My Story". When I finish these posts I hope to publish them as a book for my girls. If you are interested in reading earlier post you can click on the label 'My Story' at the bottom of this post or go to the links in my sidebar.

1962 was a good year for me. I had made a big mistake in 1960 and messed up my life but I tried to make amends and start a new life for myself and in 1962 it started to happen.

Firstly my old school friend asked me to go on holidays with her and more importantly I was accepted into Teacher's College after applying for three years.

In January 1962, when I was nineteen and living in Sydney, my friend Margaret and I went on holidays to Surfer's Paradise on the Gold Coast in Queensland. In those days it was everyone's dream to go there on holidays.

We saved up and bought a coach ticket and off we went for a week's fun in the sun. The coach took all night to get there from 6pm to 6am. I couldn't sleep in the coach, it was uncomfortable and I was excited. (Now I live 30mins away but we don't go very often as it has been spoilt by skyscrapers and commercialism)
Margaret and I share a pineapple
We surfed, sunbaked, enjoyed the 'Beachcomber Hotel's'  accommodation, food and entertainment. One evening we were entertained by a young boy band. Eight year old twins Robin and Maurice and their older brother, Barry. They were very good, any wonder as they grew up to become the famous Bee Gees.

We had a great time but too soon it was time to board the coach for Sydney and my new life at Teacher's College.

21 comments:

biebkriebels said...

Always nice to watch the old photos.

Andrew said...

That was nice concise writing. Yeah, they were QLD lads, the Gibb brothers. You have survived most of them.

I think from elsewhere I picked up about your mistake in 1960. I heard a podcast a couple of years ago and I wanted to write about it but I did not save it and I can't find it now. I often think of the outrage. Some truly awful things happened to destitute Aboriginal women in Sydney hospitals.

FruitCake said...

Oh good... I love reading your story! More please.
Love the fresh pineapple pose - I suppose you were a year or two early to pose as meter maids?

Justjen said...

What great photos, looks like you enjoyed life back then.I prefer the old Gold Coast as well.

eileeninmd said...

Diane, I love seeing these picture of you, during your young years. It must have been neat to see the BeeGees when they were first getting started. Great post, have a happy day!

TexWisGirl said...

what a great time - and the bee gees! wow!

Sandra said...

that bathing beauty photos is wonderful, you looked great and so happy and i remember the style glasses your friend has on, they were really popular... I was 17 and graduating from highschool that year...

Sandra said...

forgot to say, i screwed up my life in 1963 and did not get it together until 1984

Fun60 said...

I bet you were a wow on the beach. Margaret's glasses are a real reminder of that period.

Betsy Adams said...

I have SO enjoyed reading your story, Diane. You are so smart to write it down for your girls...

Great set of photos....

Hugs,
Betsy

MTWaggin said...

I always enjoy your story of your life and your girls and grandbabies are so going to enjoy the books!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

1962 was a great year for me too, it was the year I came into this world.........lol

I can't imagine going on a long coach trip, although Tim went on a coach holiday before he met me and he had a great time.

Sheila said...

I have enjoyed some of your older posts so will look forward to hearing more of your story. I love the black and white photos. Your girls will enjoy having all your memories in a book…what a great idea!

George said...

I'm glad you've decided to continue your story. It was neat that you got to hear the Bee Gees before they were the Bee Gees.

whiteangel said...

Those were the days.
I remember Surfers but it would have been several years after you went there....nice to read you saw the Bee Gees and heard them sing :)

Julie said...

Do you still have that camera from those days? I inherited (took) my father's Box Brownie, and have no idea what became of it. That nowadays causes me great sadness.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Just spent a very enjoyable time reading your older 'life story' posts Diane.. You're lucky to have so many fab photos from back then.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You have the same wonderful smile, Diane! I love your friend's cat eye glasses--my first pair looked similar. How fun to meet the Bee Gee's before they became the Bee Gee's! I was a big fan of their Saturday Night Fever album. Still have it! :)

Gattina said...

Wow, what a pin up picture of you ! and meeting the Bee Gees ! In 62 I was 18 and went for the first time to Italy in a train ! What a trip !

Red Nomad OZ said...

My GOD you were gorgeous!! And still are, of course - just in a different way!!

diane b said...

Thank you Red for the compliment. Funny how I didn't think I was nice looking then I had an inferiority complex.