Australia Linda Does Go on, and on, and on…But Lots of Info on Life Down Under

Beverly Hall, Elizabeth Bay Cresc., Elizabeth Bay Sydney N.S.W. Australia
Tuesday April 20, 1965
Dear Ilona,
Our drought has broken – in Sydney & suburbs at least. It rained most of last week. Happy Easter! Did you go away over easter week. We didn’t. We broke up from school on Wednesday, & on Thursday Lynne (you know her, don’t you.) & I worked at Woolies. On Good Friday, we went to my relatives for afternoon tea, & then I went to stay at Lynne’s the night. Had a great time ‘cause her parents were away. I left on Saturday morning to go skating with another firend & met Lynne afterwards & she came & stayed Saturday & Sunday nights. On Sunday we went to the football which was quite good & on Monday morning we went to the Show/tell you about it later) & on Monday afternoon Haig (Lynne’s boyfriend who’d been camping) came & collected her & took her home. Today I went to work – again, but Lynne didn’t as it is her birthday – Sweet 16. Now we’re up-to-date about my Easter holiday. Back to school tomorrow but Monday is another holiday – Anzac Day.
To get back to the “Sho”. This is an annual event. Every easter we have The Royal Navy Easter Show. It is mostly agricultural & all the stores & candy manufacturers have stands etc. where they sell sample bags. There are ring events – horses etc., and there are dog & cat shows. Amusements are predominant. Homes & cars are on show, too. All in all, it is a major event of the year – all the kids look forward to it every year. Actually, it’s the largest show of its kind in the world.
I’m glad you’ve heard our song (Devoted to You) We’re just as up-to-daate with the pop songs & dances as you are, & if I can get one, I’ll enclose a music guide (as you call them) Popular dances at the moment are:- the Swim the cling, the hitchhiker, the clam and still the stomp.
Mary Poppins is here too, & I want to see it. Also, I’m going to see The Sound of Music, this week – most likely Friday night. Goldfinger has been around for ages here, too, but I haven’t seen itas yet. Another film that’s been around for a while is Girl Happy with elvis. I haven’t seen one of his movies for ages.
We get both magazines you mentioned – at least I think we do. You said 16, well we get 17 – I think – they’re most likely the same We get Teen, as weel as a lot of other American & English magazines.
I wish you had a tape recorder too, ‘cause we have & I’d love to let you here the pop songs popular over here, even though they’re the same as over there. Have you heard the Chad Mitchell Trio. They’re tremendous. I love folk singing & gospel sons. Also, I like mod fashions what about you.
I don’t’ think Ron would have any one interesting to write to you. He can’t be bothered to write to his own friends back in Ireland. Actually, I haven’t seen him for a couple of weeks. I’ve been awfully busy.
A friend I’ve known for absolutely ages in fact ever since I came here to Sydney, is leaving tomorrow. Really she’s only moving, but she’s lived upstairs for so long, she’s like part of the furniture. She’s making her debut in June.
A friend of mine, Andrew Lion, just got a car last week. He goes to Uni (he’s 17) so his father got him a car. It’s a pretty little thing. Hope he gives me a ride in it soon.
How’s your social life going- slow or fast. Mines been pretty wild & its getting better. On May 12 I’m going to a semi-formal dance with Ron & the skating season opens officially that day so I hope to go skating with Chris (Furguson) a lot. You’ll most likely hear more about him.
You know, I really should go. I’ve got a stack of French & English left over from the weekend to do & its 10:00pm & I’ve got school tomorrow & I’m dog-tired too I’ll have to close, do you know that? Besides, I’ve done 6 pages. I’ll get a top 40 (what we call music guides) & send it to you. You never know. If you can borrow a tape recorder, I might send you a tape. It’d be by sea mail tho, ‘cause I’m not that rich.Well, I really do have to go now. Write soon – I know I didn’t ask much but well find something to write about, huh,
Lots of Love
P.S Remind me to tell you about my plans for school etc. will you?

take a breathe – there’s more!

Beverly Hall, Elizabeth Bay Cresc., Elizabeth Bay Sydney N.S.W. Australia
June 15, 1965
Dear Ilona,
Thank you for your letter, and birthday card. Things are going very well for me lately, except the exams started today, and they’re pretty though. We had English this morning – it ran from 9.20 till 12.20. Boy, was I famished! It wasn’t too bad but everyone thought it terrible – maybe I didn’t do as hot as I thought. This afternoon we had French Oral – comprehension and dictation from a tape recorder (there’s that word again!) It was disgraceful. No one could understand it, it was all blurred and winky. We’re going to ask them to do it again.
How are your holidays. I’ve just finished mine – worse luck. Had quite a good time though. The first weekend I had a party, I worked some of the next week – Woolworth. I also went into town with Lynne and got some fantastic material for a suit. The next weekend we – Lynne, Heug, John Colin, Mike, Bob and I (known generally as the group) just mucked around – went to the movies etc. I worked part of the next week too, And Mum and I went into town (Yes, again) and got some shoes, a handbag, a sweater and a blouse and a few unmentionables.
Next week Lynne and I visited the grandmothers and a girlfriend. All in all, I had a beauto holiday.
We just had a long weekend. I went to Lynne’s on Friday afternoon after school and we studied a bit. The boys came up and saw us because they were going away camping. We went to work on Saturday morning, and I had the most fantastic time. An old boyfriend who often comes around and takes me out, came up to see me. He’s coming over next Saturday afternoon. Also, do you remember Tony – the one who works at Woolies? Well, after all the months I’ve known him, he finally asked me out! To a ball, no less! I haven’t accepted yet, but I hope I get Mums permission. I don’t know what I’ll do with John, that night.
Anyhow Lynne and I put in 7 ½ hours study that afternoon and night – her parents were away, & we wouldn’t let her sister come home so we were by ourselves All about 3 pm Sunday afternoon. We stayed in bed all day, studying, The, that night we went to the “reservoir” and ran around ti 2 or 3 times. Its only about ½ to 1 mile around. We’d put in 7 hours study that day and needed some fresh air.
Monday (yesterday) we studied most of the day, but let up last night and went out with the boys for a couple of hours. Gee I can rave on, can’t I. We did all out own cooking on the weekend. It was great.
Yes I did get the newspapers, just a couple of days after your letter. Thanks. I’m getting quite a collection. I’ve got some from Canada, too.
Mary Poppins is here, but as it’s going to be on for about a year or so, I’m not falling over my feet trying to get to see it. Goldfinger’s still here & so is Girl Happy. “My Fair Lady” comes on June 29 I thinkg but its been in Melbourne for ages.
I’ve decided I’m going to become a teacher. That means 2 more years of school after this with a good pass and 2 years at Teachers Collee before I’m qualified, but I don’t mind. I’ll most likely scrap that idea before long and become an ordinary run-of-the-mill stenographer!
For our next holidays which come in August, September, Lynne and I want to go away to Surfers Paradise for a week and a half. Don’t know what my parents will say – I’m going to catch them in a good mood! – cause I’m a year younger than Lynne, but we’lll be staying at Dad’s friends Motel. Lynne’s parents are all for it. We’d go up by bus which costs about £10 ($20, I think) return and acoommodation should be free. Meals won’t be a problem – we’ll live on hamburgers. Just hope we can go.
I’m madly sewing everything I can lay my hands on. We do dressmaking at school next week ‘till the end of the year. Set is a nightgown, but it’ll only take me about a week to make it. I made a lined suit in 6 days, & that was only the second thing I’d ever made. All by myself, too.
I’m sure something’s wrong with the mail. About 5 people owe me letters. And I’ve been waiting for 2 ½ months for one! No one loves me. I got about half a dozen 17’s (magazines) last week and I’ve been madly studying the fashions of this season. Winter here. I was in the paper today fortnight ago! An old ship was found of North Head (in the harbor) that sand 104 years ago, and Lynne & I had our photo taken looking at some of the relics. Stars, now!
Well I’ve rambled on for pages & pages – gosh 7 pages! I’ll be poor for a month after I send this! Tell me what you’re doing on your vacation, huh?
Lots of Love,