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Life changing adventure 1964

May 7, 2016 by David Herd

My personal story from the 6os, (not a travel bog)

Passport photo April 1964

Life changing adventure 1964

Life changing adventure 1964 really was a rite of passage for me. My best friend Glenn Beasley and I boarded the Fairsea in Sydney on May 7 1964 for a six week journey to Southampton in England. I spent the next 15 months having the time of my life in the U.K. and Europe as well as a stint as a junior engineer on a cargo ship plying its trade between Europe and America.

Rites of passage definition

Ceremonies that mark important transitional periods in a person’s life. 

Boarding the Fairsea

sail-England-SydneyIt was May 7th 1964 the beginning of my first huge adventure.

The Brisbane River

Life changing adventure 1964 Our first stop was Wellington before crossing back over the Tasman to Brisbane then on to Singapore. We met lots of friends and partied hard all the way to NZ but sadly many of these new found friends left the ship in Wellington and were replaced by lots of elderly passengers.

We were spending a lot of time with three nice girls from Melbourne, Robyn Pearson, Libby Durston & Sue Jameson. Luckily I still have my dairy to help me recall the names. 🙂 That’s Libby and sue in the photo above.

We left Brisbane on May 14 and the first night the seas were very rough indeed, many of the passengers and some of the crew were seasick, luckily for us we were quite ok.

The “old shipboard romance”.

Rite of passage 1964 Two days out of Brisbane I met Leanne Scott from Adelaide and we started seeing each other regularly, well as regularly as she would let me. 🙂

The “mad hatters” night

Rite of passage 1964

There were all sorts of special nights arranged by the crew to keep the passengers occupied. I will have to retrieve some more photos next time in in Oz. If this photo was in colour you would be able to see the bright red knickers I had wrapped around the ice bucket. 🙂

 Sadly I have no personal photos from Singapore however looking through my diary reminds me of some of the things I saw there. Singapore was a very dirty shabby city, there were hundreds perhaps thousands of people sleeping on the streets and footpaths. Follow this link for some interesting information about cleaning up the rivers in Singapore.

Singapore From Cavenagh bridge now & then.

Cavenagh bridge Singapore

You would never recognise the city back then.

Bugis Street

Life changing adventure

This was a famous street mainly for transgenders or LadyBoys as we call them in Thailand.

Bugis Street in the 60s

Life changing adventure

Singapore in the 60s bears no resemblance to Singapore in 2015.

 Mount Lavinia Hotel Colombo a Life changing adventure

Life changing adventure In 1962 the island was called Ceylon, now of course it is Sri Lanka. Anyhow we absolutely fell in love with the place and even spoke about leaving the ship and staying for a while. Impractical of course as our main luggage was in the ships hold which put a stop the that whimsical idea.

The usual tourist photo in Colombo

Life changing adventure

Sadly I have very few photos from the trip as my camera purchased in Singapore for 16 Quid turned out to be a dud.

Aden in Yemmen

Life changing adventure  

Next port of call was Aden, however we did not dock, instead the ship anchored in the harbour and we bought cheap trinkets etc from the bum boats that came out to meet us.

From my diary; I took Leanne ashore and we spent a couple of hours walking around the city, the heat was intense, it must have been around 110 degrees. We met some friends from the ship and had a few beers in the Grande Hotel before returning to the ship.

My money was starting to get low because in this weather you rarely had a beer out of your hand.

Next stop Cairo in my Life changing adventure

Life changing adventure We left the boat at the entrance to the Suez Canal and took an organised tour to Cairo and the Pyramids. As you can see I was fully equipped with my Fez and camel. 🙂

My iconic photo

Life changing adventure Glenn & I at the great pyramids of Egypt which was certainly the highlight so far in our Life changing adventure . From Cairo we travelled by bus along one of the branches of the Nile, for several hundred yards each side of the river the land was green and fertile from irrigation. Then it abruptly became dry hot barren desert, my thoughts at the time were I would like to visit again one day. So far this has not happened.

Naples

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Our final stop was Naples where many of our friends departed for various parts of Europe. Some of them we would hook up with again in London. Glenn & I hit a few bars with our friends David Wright and Allan Bremner but were were not too impressed with the city. We were ever less impressed when a slick conman relieved us of a few quid and a few cartons on cigarettes. Oh well, it was a lesson well learnt and not too much damage was done, except to our pride. 🙂

Our 6 week voyage ended in Southampton on June 6 1964, we all had a truly great trip even though during the last week we were all desperate to get our feet on dry land. Now our London adventure was about to start and the fact is the party had only just begun.

The next phase in my Life changing adventure

David Herd Thailand Thanks for visiting my Life changing adventure photo blog.


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David Herd 1960s Australian teenager.

April 27, 2016 by David Herd

My personal story from the 6os, (not a travel bog)

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager David Herd 1960s Australian teenager, who even today in 2016 can still remember the 1960s as if it was yesterday.  Life was rather simple growing up in that particular era compared to what teenagers face today in 2016. The photo above is from 1960 featuring my first car, a Morris Minor convertible. I attended North Auburn public school until the age of 12 and was one of only two students to be chosen to attend the then semi exclusive Homebush Boys High. Spent 3 years there, excelled in Rugby Union, and just passed my intermediate certificate. My final reference from the deputy headmaster was a classic;

                   David Herd attended this school for 3 years and participated in sport.

I spent the next 5 years as an apprentice Toolmaker then in May 1964 set out with best friend Glen Beasley on the mandatory trip to the U.K. and Europe.

I can easily explain the scratchy photo above and in the header. My home in Wood St North Melbourne in 1974 was gutted by fire and a large part of my photo collection was spoiled. The ones I save got rather scratched with my attempt to clean off the soot. Follow this link to find out what caused this unfortunate fire.

July 1962 with Veronica Crocker

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager My beautiful girlfriend Veronica, we were celebrating my 19th birthday at a Kings Cross Sydney night club.

October 1962 at Garie Beach Sydney.

David Herd 1960s teenager This VW was in fact my 3rd car, my 2nd vehicle was an iconic FJ Holden.

Veronica October 1962

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager From memory we went out together for around two years, I was very lucky because she was such a gorgeous lady.

This was also October 1962

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager Taken at Ebenezer which is on the Hawksbury river near Richmond. I was there fairly regularly water skiing.

Surfers Paradise 1961

David Herd 1960s teenager

A far cry from 2016.

Xmas 1962 at Coolangatta

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

I spent Xmas and New Year 1962 at Rainbow Bay near Coolangatta with Veronica and her parents. There were two significant events on New Years Eve that stick in my memory, first we went to a show at the Beachcomber in Surfers Paradise to see a young trio play some great music. They were known as the Brothers Gibb, you guessed it, they later became the Bee Gees.

That was them & this was me. 🙂

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

Coolangatta beach 1962, David Herd 1960s Australian teenager.

Bogle & Chandler

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

This was the 2nd significant event, after the Brothers Gibb concert Veronica & I parked on the hill overlooking Rainbow Beach for some serious necking (as they called it in those days) when the news flashed on the radio that a couple had been found dead at Lane Cove national park. This discovery was the start of a police investigation that gripped the nation.

 January 1963 David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

Driving back to Sydney we struck floods on the Highway around Grafton, where traffic was stopped I would pull around the outside and float my VW across the flooded part of the road. Veronica would stay in the car and I would push it across.

July 1963 at Lidcombe oval.

David Herd 1960s teenager

I’m parked on the hill after playing for Lidcombe United A grade rugby league team. We won the competition that year.

May 1964

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

After 18 months of working 2 jobs, I just qualified as a toolmaker, plus I worked weekends for Don Talbert the Australian swimming coach, my friend Glenn Beasley and I prepared to leave on May 7th to sail to England on the Fairsea. Just before I left I took my young brothers the the barber and had them shorn. They loved the new haircuts but poor Mum almost fainted. 🙂

Big farewell party

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager We combined a farewell party with an early 21st birthday. My actual birthday fell on July 7 after we had reached London. Above is one of my all time favourite photographs, on the left is Glenn Beasley beside “Pop” my grandfather Sam Tippett, my beautiful mother Iris herd, yours truly, Nan Tippett and my wonderful father Arthur Herd.

The Herd clan.

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Here we all are at my farewell party.

The mandatory keg
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On the far right I’m with Gary McKosker.

My lovely mother, Iris Herd.

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

Iris was an absolute treasure, she dedicated her life to her family and friends.

1964

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

A rare colour photo of Mum with Warren & Bryan at our home, 58 Kihilla Rd Auburn in Sydney.

My passport photo

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

Twenty years of age in 1964, what a clean cut innocent looking lad I was. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my David Herd 1960s Australian teenager photo blog. The follow up to this will be the voyage on the Fairsea.


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That’s all folks

David Herd Thailand

 That’s all folks

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