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Mon. Jan. 9, 1956 Sandringham

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Near Melbourne. Stayed at Gibby’s House. Miles Today – 50. Miles to Date – 12098 There was a switch in plans. Today, we went for a tour of the Sunshine McKay tractor factory, then a reception for us by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, then here to Sandy for the night. We woke up early […]

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Tues. Jan. 10,1956. Horsham, Victoria

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Miles Today – 150. Miles to Date – 12248 Had a wonderful night’s sleep. Got a decent shave and a bath last night plus two real square meals. Felt like a million dollars. Got picked up about 8:15 and left on our journey at about 11 as Mr. Kennison had some business at Sunshine plant. […]

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Wed. Jan. 11, 1956 Charlton, Victoria

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Miles Today – 90. Miles to Date – 12338 Wonderful sleep, had breakfast, house was old, small wood stove but Mr. and Mrs. Jolly and son John were terrific. Left at 10AM for farm of Mr. Dahleenberg. 3000 acres for wheat and sheep. Saw sheep up close and saw Australian wheat being harvested. Instead of […]

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Thur. Jan. 12 1956 – Shepparton, Victoria

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Miles today – 140. Miles to Date – 12478 Woke up at 7 AM to go swimming. Had breakfast, then sort of talked till 10:30 when we left. All the houses have johns outside. Passed through more wheat and sheep country. Saw some gold mines. Cooked lamb chops at Bendigo. Fairly large town. Went on […]

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Fri. Jan. 13, 1956 – Sandringham

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Miles Today – 112. Miles to date – 12590 Terrific weather for all our tour. Got up this morning to leave Shepparton at 9:00AM. We travelled down to a farm (friends of Mr. Kennison) [East Murchison] for lunch. We had duck. Such a lavish dinner I’ve never eaten before. After, we saw a sheep dog […]

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Sat Jan. 14, 1956 – Sandringham

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Miles Today – 0. Miles to Date – 12590 Got up and cleaned up. Left at 10:30AM for Governor Sir Dallas Brooks’s mansion – Government House. Sir Dallas was sick, so lady Brooks greeted us. There was an official reception for all foreign contingents there. Afterwards, were shown through state dining room and ballroom [State […]

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Sun. Jan. 15, 1956 – Sandringham

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Miles Today – 80. Miles to Date – 12670 Got up this morning and into uniform to leave at 10:00AM for Gilwell Park, place where wood badges are taken. All Canucks and billets and their families went. We saw the chapel (done by one man) and the campfire and the totem signed by B.P. Very […]

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Mon. Jan. 16, 1956 – Sandringham

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Miles Today – 0. Miles to Date – 12670 Got up at 10 today. Went downtown to look around. Bought some film. Have taken about 210 pictures. Lazed on the beach all afternoon. This evening, went to the show. All in all, a very restful, uneventful day. Met Neil “Jock” McNab, a buddy of Gibby’s. […]

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Tues. Jan. 17, 1956 – Yallourn

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Miles Today – 300. Miles to Date – 12970 Got up at 7:30AM to leave at 8:30 for Yallourn. Arrived there at 11 and first went to look at the open cut, brown coal mine. It was huge. The area of the coal is 41 square miles and is 800′ thick. [Below just 30′ of […]

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Wed. Jan. 18, 1956 – Sandringham

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Miles Today – 0. Miles to Date – 12970 It rained pretty well all day. Boy we sure hit the lousy weather this trip. Slept till 12 noon. Boy was I tired. After, just sort of loafed around then went over to Pip and Jim Smith’s to play ping pong and poker. After supper, went […]

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