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“Bill Fikkers signed my copy of the book, when we met, at the DASI club house, where a midwinter dinner was taking place and where the main hall was filled to capacity with people, many of whom had my colour hair (now) and who, I am sure had all worked hard to make life good, in the Illawarra, for themselves, their children and their (great-)grandchildren and for this country. .People there to whom I spoke very briefly, were so proud of Bill Fikker’s efforts in recording these stories and rightly so. There should be so much more of this!!!” .I wrote this HERE.Because, in 1962, I just scraped into Wollongong Teachers College, which wasn’t there yet!They were building it and we had our lectures, in the technical high school. So, during 1962 and 1963, I spent weekdays in Wollongong, taking the steam train home to Sydney, along with quite a few other students, on Friday afternoons, when they let us go early enough to catch the train, around 4 p.m.. .I like to think I got to know Wollongong / the Illawarra, a little bit then but not many Dutchies, except that I first boarded, along with quite a few others, for only a very few weeks, with Dutch people.
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