I remember when I was first posted to Sydney in 1988. Back then, suburban house and land packages were up for grabs in Perth's northern coastal suburbs around Sorrento for $35-40K. When I arrived in Sydney, my commanding officer welcomed me and asked if I intended living in the barracks or preferred to share the rent for a flat with a couple of other people. "no thanks" I thought - "I'm smart enough to buy my own place". So I said "actually - I intend buying my own place". The CO wondered if perhaps I had a large inheritance or something because on my private's wage about the only thing I'd be able to afford in Sydney would be shack way out in the western suburbs on the outer rim of the metro area. I explained that i didn't have fancy tastes and would be quite happy starting off with something dingy and cheap, like "one of these little dumps here in Paddington". After he managed to stop laughing, he explained that about all I'd be able to afford in Paddo would be the toilet seat from one those "little dumps"..... "welcome to the rest of Australia" he said to the boy from (then) Australia's most affordable capital city....
Finy, My mother bought her mother a house in Paddington, (NSW) in '56. Everyone said to her, "Your not going to buy a house in that slum, are you?" Her mother died 2 years later, so Mum rented out the house until my father died in May '77. She couldn't move into the Paddington house quick enough. It's still her house, but rented out to various grandchildren, (far to cheaply!!!) She lives with 1 of my 2 sisters at Chatswood now, as she has severe dementia, & is very happy there.
Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana USA. Went to VietNam in the US Army for two years. Hated the USA for whatever reason they said we were there for and moved to Sydney (where I spent all of my 5 R&Rs). Ended up straight away living on the Gold Coast, Queensland.... just after the floods of '74.
Would live anywhere else..... love Australia!
I was born at my parents home in Manchester England! I came out to Australia with my family when I was just 20 months old.My dad always likes to say how after 6 weeks on a ship,I had to learn all over again how to walk on solid ground!
Pietermaritzburg, S. Africa. Just before plane my parents and sister were on ditched in Malta and they lost everything. Left when 7yo to go to Lusaka in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), left when President Kenneth Kuanda was elected then ship to New Zealand. Parents thought it was too cold then went to Fiji for a couple of years and then Oz. Whew ! that's it.
Born in Ottawa, Canada, in a snow blizzard, to shivering Australian parents, who brought me back to Perth to grow up. Then joined the Army and (after recruit training at Kapooka NSW) lived in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Mandurah (south of Perth), then Perth ever since. Have never left Australian shores (only entered). Quite happy here thanks - no desire to live anywhere else (although I wouldn't say no to visiting other parts of the world if I could afford it).
Port Moresby. Went to the Admin College, did a secretarial course, then worked for a year at the Law Department (Registrar of Companies, then Births, Death and Marriages - the latter was very interesting. In down time used to get the old death registers out and go through them ! :-)
Thank you, sjcmm! I worked in Port for a month. Spent a month each at Kairuku, Yule Island, & Wewak. Have also spent time in Hagen.
I loved TPNG, then PNG. Happy memories of my many times there! Cheers!
Edinburgh, Scotland. Moved to Norfolk, England when our son was 9. My husband, son and I then migrated to Australia in the 80s and lived in Melbourne for 25 years, then moved up to Brisbane, the best place ever to live!
I was born in the Sutherland Shire, NSW. I still live in the same suburb, just around the corner from the house I was born in. While still living the family house before was married, I also lived in the UK for 1 month, & 10 weeks in Paris, France, in '68.