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Monday, March 14, 2011

THE TERRIBLE TEENS 1957

This book is the sequel to "Freshly Baked Rolls with Lashings of Butter". Where I wrote about starting a new life in Australia between 1949 and 1956.

 In 1956 my brother had left home. He was 19.  He went to Papua/New Guinea to work as a patrol officer. His job invovled making contact with, and bringing law and order (European style) to, the primitive natives in the jungle and the mountains. Unfortunately, he never wrote about the adventures he had there before he passed away in 2009.

My Mum and Dad worked hard to pay off the mortgage, save for holidays and educate me. Mum was a psychiatric nurse at Reception House, Darlinghurst, Sydney and Dad was a telephone technician for the PMG.

I went to a co-ed high school and I loved PE and Sport very much. I did swimming. athletics, archery, fencing, gymnastics and hockey at school.

On Saturdays I played competition tennis. Schoolwork got in the way of all this fun.

 Our friends, Ida, John and Jenny had moved to Mudgee, a country town west of Sydney. One weekend we went to visit them. This was the first time we had been over the Blue Mountains. Actually, Mum had been before because she often did trips to accompany mental patients to sanatoriums in country towns.


When Mum was lucky enough not to be working on the weekend we would go for drives to explore Sydney. We found lovely places for picnics in the surrounding bushland. One of our favourite places was Woronora River. We would park the car then hike upstream to a quiet swimming hole
Jeanette, Kerrie and me.

31 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of your Life Story prior to this entry here...but will definitely try to make time to go back through your archives and do so :)

    I can see so much of your daughters in you, in these lovely pictures of you at age 15. It's also clear where they both get their zest for life!

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  2. That's what I think. You and your daughters could pass for three sisters. Neat photos. I love family histories!

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  3. nice to see you carrying on with your story. i will look forward to reading it. i must say there is a def. resemblence between you and your daughters. :) love the pink bikini lol

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  4. Oh I'm so glad you 're continuing with "My Story" Let me know if you find a way to publish. You and your girls are so alike. The photos of you in sports gear could be Sonya. Look forward to the next posts. Greetings. Jo

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  5. I like it very much you are going on with your family memories. I read the other stories with much pleasure, you are an excellent writer and the photo's are so nice.
    To put it in a book would be wonderful, but let us first read your blog.

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  6. Thats lovely and what great photos. Your daughters look like you. Look at you in your itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini! xx

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  7. Lovely post!
    I love old pictures like these......good old times...
    Greetings from rainy Casablanca!

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  8. Going for drives, exploring, hiking and picnics in the bushland with your parents - no wonder you have such a love of the outdoors!

    Beautiful photos too Diane. Black and whites have something special about them don't they.

    Oh, I remember the thrill of the first bikini too!! You look stunning in your pose... happy days :)

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  9. I love reading your story - Interesting to see your Dad worked for the PMG - When I first started work I worked as a telephonist in a rural town - many happy memories of fun days with the technicians.

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  10. Oooo ... really enjoyed reading this and seeing the old photos.

    Have you tried Blurb? Peter Hyndman from the Sunshine Coast CDPB uses it and can tell you all about it. Google it ...

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  11. Meant to say too ... I go to Paris on Tuesday 29th March ... shall email you about it ...

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  12. Hmmmmm!'
    Quite the little "femme fatale"!!!!
    Your photos of way back are great, I wish I hadn't been so anxious now to have pitched so many!

    Have fun in "la belle Paree", Julie.
    Need a bag carrier? You'd always be able to locate me in my "yellow" attire!!!
    Cheers
    Colin (HB)

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  13. Nice to see your photos. You were very sporty!

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  14. I love reading about your life it seems more interesting then mine but then most of us never think we have an interesting life do we.

    I love the photos they are great

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  15. I don't know about the racy swimsuit!! hehehe You were quite the bathing beauty. Can't wait for the next installment!

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  16. Soo cute! I remember those swim suits. Glad you are writing your history. Love to read about your life. You could check out www.amazon.com at the bottom of their page in the middle column there is "self publish with us." You might do better to get a publisher to pay you!

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  17. Fantastic reading:) Love the old photos. Wow Di you were ahead of your time wearing a bikini, I didn't wear one until 1971:( You look stunning, Esther Williams eat your heart out♥ I've recently purchased a book written by a lady whose blog I read. From what I can gather she has paid the costs herself, then advertised the book on her blog which can be purchased through www.lulu.com. Not sure if this is helpful or not. Linda xxx

    PS Looking forward to the next installment

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  18. These old black and white snapshots are wonderful. I'll look forward to reading future chapters. Thanks for sharing your life story!

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  19. Thanks for sharing the story and pictures of your early years in Australia. I look forward to reading (and seeing) more of your history.

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  20. Such great pictures to go with your memories!

    I see below your orange jerseyed team won - congrats!!

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  21. I enjoyed reading this, Diane. Wonderful photos! Everyone has "a story"!

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  22. Thank you all for the encouragement. I only want to publish for my family .I am not interested in selling it. It isn't that exciting.
    Thank you for the publishing suggestions I will follow them up.

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  23. Oh Diane, weren't you DARING! You are such the model in THAT bikini!

    Am loving reliving your life history - more please!

    Cheers,

    Cindy

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  24. Diane, I loved reading your story, it sounds like you had a fun childhood even with the schoolwork. The pictures are wonderful and you look great in your swim suits.

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  25. I really enjoyed reading through your previous story! So I look forward to the sequel! :-)

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  26. Hi Diane, I am so glad that you are continuing your story.. I enjoyed the first part you did last year... You really do need to get this all written down--for your girls/grands/future relatives...

    I always thought that Sonya looked so much like you --but in these pictures, I see Carol even more....

    Thanks so much for sharing. You obviously had great parents --just like you and Bill have been to your daughters...Congrats!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  27. Great to read and pleased you are going to continue with it.
    Well don't you look GREAT in that bikini :) nice legs and my goodness don't your two daughters look like you when you were 15.
    Regards,
    Margaret

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  28. I think this is great fun! And interesting how much alike 15 year-olds of about that era were (whether from a tiny and rather drab little town in Washington State USA or beautiful Australia.)

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  29. Enjoyed learning more about your childhood and you look like your daughters or rather they look like you. Your mum was a good looker too.

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  30. Oh La La! What a cutie! You know I LOVE LOVELOVE all your stories and your wonderful photos! You are very fortunate to have all the "evidence" of your youth :-)

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  31. The swimming hole sounds like so much fun!

    And I love all your photos.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

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