In 1941 It was an Army Education Service teaching soldiers. After the war it became the Army School of Intelligence. In 1945 it was the School of Civil Affairs training officers for the Australian New Guinea Unit. All this had been done at the Duntroon Military College in Canberra but in 1946 it became a civil institution and it moved to Sydney and was renamed 'The Australian School of Pacific Administration."(ASOPA). It was a place to train people to help in the administration of the Northern Territory, Papua /New Guinea and other Pacific Islands. My brother went there in 1956 to train as a Patrol Officer for P/NG. In 1954 teachers were being trained for service in the territories. At first teacher training was done at Bathurst Teachers College but in 1958 it moved to ASOPA.
The school was housed in a collection of old army barracks buildings from the Second World War.
Even though I lived in Sydney, I lived a long way to the south of the city and Mosman was on the northern side of the harbour. It took me 2 hours to travel by train and ferry or bus to get to college. So I moved into an apartment with my brother, David, sister in law, Ann and new baby, Michael. David was on a year's study leave from Papua/New Guinea. He was at ASOPA too learning to be a District Officer.
The apartment block was an ugly sixties box but it had a nice view over Manly another north Sydney beach suburb.
Beside the academic study we had to do weeks of Practice Teaching, I was very nervous my first time in front of a class.
I was happy. At last I was at teacher's college . I didn't particularly want to go to P/NG but if it meant I had to do that to become a teacher well so be it. I may as well try to enjoy it. I treated it like a new adventure and a new life. And so it was!