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1986

?? March

Oriana Reunion, Fremantle with Mark Sawyer, Oriana and Steve B. 

  

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2003

5th April

Oriana Reunion, Perth with Charles Oxley, Garry Stewart, John Speed, Mark Sawyer and Steve B.

  

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2005

?? August

Canberra Reunion, Glasgow with Bert McAughtrie, Brian Griffin, Ian Jennings, James Stevens and Willie Henry.

26th October

Reunion on Pacific Princess, Fremantle with Bill McCandless, Steve B and Willie Henry.

30th October

Princess Reunion, Birmingham with Anita Burton, Brian Griffin, Helen Davies and Joy Casaru.

8th November

Oriana Reunion on Pacific Princess, Sydney with Bill McCandless and Greg Sinclair. 

  

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2006

No Date

Oronsay Reunion, Fraser Valley B.C. with Alan Dalkin, Don Askew, George Clish, Ian Cooke and Peggy Askew.

9th March

Oriana Reunion on mv Oriana, Fremantle with Charles Oxley, Garry Stewart, John Speed, Mark Sawyer, Steve B and Willie Henry.

?? April

Oriana Reunion, Southampton with Andy Jackson and Paul Robinson.

23rd April

Oronsay Reunion, Sydney with Bob Jones, Chris Benham, John Sullivan, Keith Radford and Toby Tompkins.

?? October

Reunion on Dawn Princess, at sea with Celia Cowan, David Thomas, Katie Chester and Peter Chester.

21st November

Oriana Reunion, Belbroughton with Bill Wilson and Glyn Dodson.

27th November

Reunion on mv Arcadia, at sea with Dave Barraclough, Paul Clasby and Steve Burgoine.

27th November

Reunion on Pacific Princess, Fremantle with Bill McCandless, Charles Oxley, Gordon ?, Mike Fatchen, Simon ? and Steve B. 

16th  December

Oriana Reunion, Daventry with Bill Wilson, Bob Chambers, Bunny Warren, Celia Cowan, Dai Griffin, Glyn Dodson, Katie Chester and Peter Chester.

  

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2007

No Date

Chusan Reunion, Sydney with Brian Milton and Mike Maskell.

No Date

Oronsay Reunion, Fraser Valley B.C. with Alan Dalkin, Don Askew, George Clish, Ian Cooke, Keith Hunt and Peggy Gillies.

4th February

Oriana Reunion, Bunbury/Perth with Brian Richardson, Linda Richardson, Terri Minards and Tony Minards.

4th February 

Oriana Reunion, HMS Victory with Bob Chambers and Glyn Dodson.

17th Feb 

Reunion, Sydney Harbour with Gareth Jones, Jim Taylor, Keith Radford, Ken Worsfold and Toby Tompkins.

3rd March 

Reunion, Sydney with Bill McCandless, Greg Sinclair, Iain McLeod, Steve Wedd and others.  

27th May 

Spirit of London Reunion, Northampton with Martin Mullen and Peter Chester.

?? June 

Reunion with Celia Cowan, Denise Donnelly, Gordon Bettridge, Lisa Connell, Martin Reed, Moira Wells, Peter Chester and Peter Mayner.

17th June 

Falklands 25 year commemoration service with Alison Harris, Jayne Simpson, Spiney Norman, Tony Simpson, Tracey Coombs and Zak Coombes.

29th July 

Oriana Reunion, Wolverhampton with Bill Wilson, Celia Cowan, Peter Chester.

6th August

Oriana Reunion, Perth with Andrew Ball and Steve B.

?? September 

Oriana Reunion, Northampton with Celia Cowan, Garry Stewart and Peter Chester.  

8th September 

Canberra Reunion mv Oriana, Southampton with 289 Canberra Seadogs. 

14th September

Himalaya Reunion, Glasgow with Alan Sainsbury and Glyn Dodson.

22nd September 

Sea Princess Reunion Orient Hotel Sydney with Bill Bixley, Clive Glover, Colin Macphail, Colin Shanks, Dave Coleman, John Elder, John Rennie, John Taylor, John Ward, Steve Hodge and Terry Russell.

?? October

Nevasa Reunion on Royal Princess, at sea with Dave Harbinson and John Barclay.

17th November

Oriana Reunion, Perth with Mark Sawyer, Mike Jack and Steve B. 

24th November

Oriana Reunion, Perth with Charles Oxley, Cliff Merwood, Garry Stewart, Mark Sawyer, Mike Jack and Steve B. 

  

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2008

4th-11th March 

P&O Reunion, Perth with Alan Conlin, Andy Jackson, Bob Eden, Charles Oxley, Cliff Merwood, Dave Coleman, Dave Oakes, Fred & Pam Blackmore, Garry Stewart, John Atkinson, John Forde, Ken Worsfold, Kevin Timms, Mark Sawyer, Martin & Tish Thomas, Mike Jack, Paul Robinson, Steve B, Steve Musson and Willie Henry. There's also a brilliant movie of this event collated by Kevin Timms which can be seen here.

9th March 

Oronsay Reunion, Sydney with Ian McLeod, Keith Radford, Kevin Morgan, Linda Tattershall, Sheila Tattershall and Toby Tompkins.

30th April 

Uganda Hospital Ship Reunion with Alex Jamieson, Alison Harris, Bryan Norman, Chris Freeman, David King, Derek Houghton, Graham Burton, Jayne Simpson, Jill Biddick, Jimmy Dean, John Barclay, John Barwell, Leigh Crumbie, Mark Killingback, Mary Clark, Michael Blaskewicz, Paul Dilks, Richard Bowler and Tony Simpson.

7th June

Oriana Reunion, Doncaster with Brian Richardson, Ian Jennings, Linda Richardson and Olli Jennings.

?? July 

Canberra Reunion, Paphos Cyprus with Dave Harbinson and Richard Wood.

?? July

Oriana Reunion, Long Beach California with Bill McCandless and Dave Betts.

?? July 

Canberra Reunion, Paphos Cyprus with Gerry Murphy and Richard Wood.

?? July 

Uganda Reunion, the Barwell Residence with Alison Harris, Chris Lawton, Geoff Kimber, Jackie Kimber, John Barclay, Julian Barwell, Kathy Leneghan, Leigh Crumbie, Michael Blaskewicz, Sue Barwell and Tim Leneghan.

7th July

Reunion on the Pacific Princess at sea with Celia Cowan, Peter Chester and Peter Pratt.

?? August 

Reunion at the Reed (Donnelly) residence with Celia Cowan, Denise Donnelly, Martin Reed and Peter Chester.

17th September

Oriana Reunion, Sydney with Dave Coleman, Marlene Harris, Martin Harris and Peter Bennett.

27th September

Reunion in honour of the Bear's 50th , Rushyford with Andrew Ball, Archie Anderson, Dougie Beveridge, Jim Barlow, Malcolm Turner, Pinky and Stu Drew.

26th October

Oriana Reunion, London with Celia Cowan and Mike Robbins.

No Date

Sea Princess Reunion, Europe with Clive Glover, John Taylor and Steve Hodge.

 

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2009

10th January 

Oriana Crew Reunion, Southampton with Alan Bacon, Alan Perrett, Andy Meek, Andy Pilcher, Andy Stageman, Carol Perrett, Chalkie, Dave Traynor, Di Brabham, Jay, John Duplock, Max, Micky Munson, Neil Sutherland and Tony Lewis.

18th April

Canberra Reunion on mv Oriana, at sea with Alan Bacon, Alan Legg, Dave Traynor, Micky Munson and many more.

23rd April

Oriana Reunion, Sydney with Dave Betts and Greg Sinclair.

19th July

Iberia Mini-Reunion, Benfleet with Colin Thickbroom, Peter Thickbroom, Michael Cavanagh and John Duplock.

?? August

Canberra Reunion, Connecticut, USA with Malcolm Turner and Jess Muir.

23rd August

P&O Reunion, Pulborough with Alison Harris, Ian Walters, Jayne Simpson, Tony Simpson, Tracey Coombes, Vivian Walters and Zak Coombes.

24th August

P&O Reunion, Rossett, Clwyd with Celia Cowan (now Chester), Dave Whitehand and Peter Chester.

?? September

Oronsay Reunion, Fraser Valley B.C. with Alan Dalkin, Don Askew, George Clish, Ian Cooke, Keith Hunt and Peggy Gillies (now Askew).

?? September

Canberra Reunion, London with David Baumann, Liz Bligh, Liz Gothard, Marian Rodenburg, Maureen Price, Patrick Sutcliffe, Peter Webb, Tony Adams.

23rd September

Oriana Reunion, Queen Victoria pub in Woolston with Bob Chambers, Glyn Dodson and Jim Powell.

?? October

Canberra (accidental) Reunion, South African Safari with Bert McAughtrie, Debbie Buxton (now McAughtrie) and Mark Barnett.

?? October

Oriana and Uganda Reunion, Limassol, Cyprus with Graham Bond and Mark Steele.

3rd December

Oriana Reunion, onboard mv Arcadia, Marty Elliot & Bill Wilson.

14th December

Oriana Reunion, Gosport with Bob Chambers, Jim Powell and Roy Arnold.

  

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2010

27th January 

Oriana Reunion, Oxford with Celia Chester, Denise Reed, Martin Reed and Peter Chester.  

6th February 

An Impromptu Reunion onboard mv Arcadia happening as we speak with Anna Hawkesworth, Anne King, Catherine Hooper, Eileen Mann, James Cusick, John King, Mike Hawkesworth, Morag Venner, Renske Matthew, Richard Matthew, Robert Venner, Steve Burgoine and Steve Mann.

24th February

Oriana Reunion, Orient Hotel, Sydney with Alan Conlin, Dave Grant, Ken Worsfold.

1st March

P&O Reunion, Orient Hotel, Sydney with Dave Grant, Geoff Burrell, Ken Worsfold and Terry Bartholomew.

16th March

Oriana Reunion, Cape Town, with Andy Jackson, Dave Oakes, Ken Worsfold and Paul Robinson.

30th March

Stratheden Reunion, Paphos, Cyprus, with Don Cole (Snr) and Ralph Taylor.

?? April

P&O Reunion, onboard Artemis at sea, Alan Legg, Dave Traynor, Nigel Phillips and Zak Coombes.

10th April

Oriana Reunion, Scarborough, Western Australia, with Charles Oxley, Garry Stewart, John Speed, Mark Sawyer and Steve B.

18th April

Uganda Reunion, onboard HMS Warrior, Portsmouth, with Alison Harris, Derek Houghton, Graham Burton, Jayne Simpson, Paul Dilks and Tony Simpson. 

18th April

This is not really a reunion but I couldn't think of a better place for it. International Rescue is a gathering of some top brass under unusual circumstances with Colin Black, David Perkins, Don O'Driscoll, Emma Deighton, Ian Brummit, John Gunner, John Hanvey, Kenny Gillespie, Nigel Smout, Paul Carney, Paul Clasby, Paul Yeoman, Roddy McConnell, Ronnie Kier, Rosario Segretto, Sinky Ross, Tony Wallis, Trevor Gatley and Zak Coombs.

?? May

Oriana Reunion, Wales, with John James and Alan Williams.

?? May

Oriana Reunion, Cornwall, with Andy ĎJackoí Jackson, Dave Shimmon and Gary Wood.

26th June

Oriana Crew Reunion, Piano & Pitcher Ocean Village, Southampton, with Alan Bacon, Alan Perritt, Allan Rogers, Andy Stageman, Billy Symcox, Chalkie, Dave Traynor, Dean Carling, Diane Brabham, Dixie Dean, Duncan Smith, Foxy Fowler, Ian Wallace, Jimmy Campbell, Mark Pilcher, Martin Budge, Mick Munson, Neil Sutherland, Phil Butcher, Steve Wickham, Ted Gantley, Tony Chave.

27th June

Himalaya Reunion, Mousehole Cornwall, with Bill Gaade, Brian Richards, Geoff Pappin and Mike Lavery.

?? July

Reunion, Harbo's Place, Vancouver BC, with Dave Harbinson and Martin Peek.

26th July

Oriana Reunion, Grange City Hotel London, with Captain Phillip Jackson, Janette Saunders and Richard Reubin.

7th August

Reunion, Manchester, with Celia Chester, Martin Mullen and Peter Chester.

18th August

Reunion, The Chester's Place, with Celia Chester, Denise Reed, Martin Reed and Peter Chester.

29th August

Oriana Reunion, Andrew Ball's Place in Nuneaton, with Andrew Ball, Celia Chester, Don Cole, Gary James, Glyn Dodson, Graham Francis, Jill Simpson, Malcolm Orr, Peter Bennett, Peter Chester, Richard Warren, Terry Bartholomew.

1st September

Oriana Reunion, Sydney, with Ian Smith and John James.

9th September

Oriana Reunion, Fife, Scotland, with Glyn Dodson and Ken Worsfold.

18th September

Uganda Reunion, Cape Town, South Africa, with Dave Harbinson, Dave Oakes and John Barclay.

19th September - 8th October

Various Reunions during Bert and Debbie McAughtrie's visit to Australia with Alan Champkin, Alan Rushforth, Alec Sunderland, Anita Thubron (Sunderland), Ann McLeod, Bert McAughtrie, Brian Griffin, Debbie McAughtrie (Buxton), Glen Cunningham, Iain McLeod, John Forde, John Lewis, John Rennie, Katrina Barker, Linda Tattershall, Mark Sawyer, Paul Barker, Willie Henry, Yvonne Rushforth.

25th September

Canberra Reunion, Brian Griffin's house, Sydney, with Alan Rushforth, Bert McAughtrie, Brian Griffin, Glen Cunningham, Ian McLeod, John Forde and Willie Henry.

?? December

Crew Reunion, Margate, Kent, with Brendan Cole, Cherie Cole, Derek Scott, Elsa Teagle, John Teagle, Noel Hogan and Tinker Hogan.

  

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2011

2nd January 

Oriana Reunion, Brighton with Bob Chambers, Geoff Heap, Mick Everson, Paul Robinson, Roy Arnold.  

4th February 

Master Mariners Sea Pie Supper in Southampton.

12th February 

Himalaya Reunion - 1971 Womenís Weekly World Discovery Tour with Ann McLeod, Bob Coombs, Bryan Powell, Dave Selby, Denise Sasse, Greg Fereday, Iain McLeod, Ian White, Jim Kerr, John McCririck, Tony Higgins, Val Toogood.

22nd April 

Oriana Reunion, Perth, with Garry Stewart, Mark Sawyer and Steve B. 

24th April 

Oriana Reunion, London with the names of the people we know so far i.e. Andy Ball, Bob Chambers, Brian and Linda Richardson (Linda was a Steinerís hairdresser), Chris Adams, Dave Oakes, Eldred Clark, Gary Pemberton, Geoff Heap, John Barclay, John Thow, Jim Walton, Mick Everson, Peter and Celia Chester, Richard Warren, Roy Arnold and Terry Bartholomew.

18th-19th May 

Oronsay Reunion, Sydney, with Chris Benham, Gareth Jones, John Sullivan, Keith Radford and Kevin Morgan.

25th May 

Oriana Reunion, Sydney, with Charlie Allan, Ian Smith and John James. 

19th June 

Reunion onboard mv Adonia, with Maggie Pile, Paul Clasby and Steve Burgoine. 

30th December 

Bar Staff Reunion, Portsmouth and Colchester, with Alan Bacon, Allan Rogers, Dave Traynor, Mick Munson, Nigel Phillips, Paul Kotowski, Paul Outen and Pete Stevens.

           

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2012

?? February 

Pacific Princess Reunion, Whistler B.C. with Dave Harbinson, Jerry Tweddle and John Ward.  

?? February 

P&O Reunion, Sydney, with Charlie Allan, Chris Bayne, Ian Smith and Penny Bayne.

10th February 

Mini Reunion, Sydney, with Andy Jackson, John Rennie and Rod Drake.

25th March 

Oriana Reunion, Scarborough WA, with Garry Stewart, Mark Sawyer and Steve B.

      

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2014

16 November

Oriana Reunion, Sydney, with Alister McIntosh and John Thow.  

?? December

Strathardle Reunion, Sapphire Princess, with Nick Carlton and Richard Regan.

     
 

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2015

??

Essex Reunion with Alan Bacon, Dave Traynor, Matt Lacy, Michael Denmead, Mick Munson, Neal Potter, Paul Kotowski, Ray Prichard. 

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Isle of Wight Reunion with Alan Bacon, Alastair MacCullum, Dave Traynor, Mick Munson, Paul Kotowski, Terry Bartholomew.

23 September

Orient Line/P&O Purser's Reunion with Peter Tingley, Tim Hurst & David Dickinson. 

29 December

Brighton (Oriana) Reunion with Andy Jackson, Bob Chambers, Charles Oxley, Geoff Heap, John McMullen, Jon Milner, Ken Worsfold, Mick Everson, Paul Robinson, Terry Bartholomew.


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2016

Feb

A Chusan Reunion, The Burnt Orange in Sydney, with Mike Maskell and Charlie Gentle.  

07 April

A Cheery Get Together, Customs House in Sydney, with Brent Van Westerhuysen, Mike Gold and partner Lynda, Ted Van Bronswijk. 


17 May

Oriana Reunion, Tilleys in Canberra, with Dave Betts, Greg Sinclair, Mark Gardiner, Steve Wedd. 


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2017

01 Jan

A Himalaya/Oriana Reunion, Mike Gold's home in the UK, with Mike Gold, Robert (Bob) Hill, John McMullen. 

?? Feb

A Princess Reunion, Los Angeles, California, with Bill McCandless, Dai Young, Dave Harbinson, Dean Selhay.

05 April

An Oriana Reunion, St Katherine Docks, London, with John McMullen, Mike Wheeler, Phil Pennell, Mike Gold, Robert (Bob) Hill, Chris Curran.

?? April

A Reunion, Bermuda, with Chris Dumoulin and Dave Bloomer.


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Oriana Reunion Fremantle 1986

Date:    

March 1986

Venue:  

Victoria Quay and North Mole, Fremantle

Attendees:

Mark Sawyer, Oriana and Steve B

  

I have to say that the only reason these photos have come to light after all this time is we got some really bad news from a very close friend in the UK this morning that her son Ryan has been killed in a car accident on Sunday and Jen went looking through old albums to find a picture so we could refresh our memory of him.

   

RIP Ryan Hamilton. He was just 30 years old.


But what we also found was this lot of treasures ...

  

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Courtesy of Steve B

When the Boat comes in!

Mark and me visiting the ship 10 years after I'd left.

  

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Courtesy of Steve B

I think we're pretty happy about seeing the old girl!

  

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That's Mark & Veronica and my wife Jen. And that's Mark & Veronica's little tacker Adam on Mark's shoulders although he's not such a little tacker anymore and has a Black Belt in the Martial Arts to boot.

  

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Obviously Vron took this one and what I'm doing with a newspaper I've got no idea, never read one in my life!

  

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Here she comes through the heads as she's leaving Fremantle and we're waiting on the end of the North Mole. I wonder who the 4th Engineer was on duty that day?

  

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Courtesy of Steve B

Great mates, great days and the best ship that ever sailed the seven seas. The 4th Engineer is still struggling to get those fans sorted.

  

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Courtesy of Steve B

Somebody should be getting really embarrassed by now.

  

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Phew!

  

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Good to see the old Emu Export getting a look in.

    

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Cheers old girl!

  

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Courtesy of Steve B

And that was the last time I saw her!

    

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Oriana Reunion Perth 2003

Date:    

5th April 2003

Venue:  

Sails Restaurant in Fremantle

Attendees:

Mark Sawyer, Garry Stewart, John Speed, Charlie Oxley, Steve B plus partners and a special telecommunication appearance by John Atkinson.

 

L-R:        

Garry Stewart, John Speed, Steve B, Charlie Oxley and Mark Sawyer. I'm reading the P&O Anthem which we intended to sing but fortunately we got too pissed and forgot about it.

 

L-R:       

Garry, Me and Mark.

 

Mark on the phone to Geordie John Atkinson in Sydney. The phone was passed around the table and we all spoke to him so I guess we could say there was 6 of us there that night.

 

Charlie and me talking about WAPS I think :) Thatís my wife Jen on the right looking very intense.

 

Mark being Mark ... life and soul of the party.

 

Speedy hasn't changed one micro organism but took great delight in seeing the rest of us having to dive for our reading specs to read the menu. That's the gorgeous Gaye by his side. Their romance started on board Oriana Homeward Bound April '76. 

 

Garry, Mark and the Vivacious Veronica.

 

Charles and the Lovely Liz.

 

The Perth Chapter of the Oriana Old Boys Club, great guys, great memories and a great night. 

L-R:

Steve B, Charles Oxley, Garry Stewart, John Speed, Mark Sawyer.

 

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Canberra Reunion Glasgow 2005

Date:    

August 2005

Venue:  

Brian Griffinís place in Glasgow

Attendees:

Willie Henry, Ian Jennings (aka Geordie), James Stevens (aka Jady), Brian and Bert McAughtrie.

 

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Willie Henry, Ian Jennings (aka Geordie), James Stevens (aka Jady), Brian Griffin (aka Griff) and Bert McAughtrie.

 

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Bill McCandless, Willie Henry & Steve B

Date:    

26th October 2005

Venue:  

Pacific Princess, Victoria Quay, Fremantle

Attendees:

Willie Henry & wife Kathleen, Steve B & wife Jen, Bill McCandless

 

On the 26th October 2005 the PP came into Fremantle and Jen & I were very fortunate to receive an invitation from Bill to join him for lunch. We were joined by Willie Henry and his lovely wife Kathleen.

 

Thatís Kathleen on the left, then Jen, Willie and Bill. Unfortunately I was using a new digital camera and the flash wasnít set to work so Iíve had to doctor this shot so we could see the faces. The ship is magnificent, the ambience superb, the food exquisite and the company exemplarily. Thank you Bill for providing an unforgettable afternoon.

 

This was taken just as we were leaving. We just had to have the obligatory shot with the lifebuoy.

Bill 

Willie

 

Above is Jen & I at the pointy end. The day started completely overcast and pouring with rain but when we left the ship the weather was our usual Perth standard Ö perfect.

 

Thatís Jen & Kathleen looking for Engineers. A great and memorable day and our thanks go to Bill & P&O for their wonderful hospitality. 

 

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Princess Reunion Birmingham 2005

Date:    

30th October 2005

Venue:  

Birmingham Hyatt Hotel

Attendees:

Helen Davies, Brian Griffin, Joy Casaru, Anita Burton

 

Iím not sure just how many people attended this reunion but the following ex P&O people got together and sent in these photos.

 

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L-R:        

Helen Davies (Entertainments), Brian Griffin (aka Griff), Joy Casaru (Social Hostess) in front and Anita Burton (Social Hostess) on the right.

 

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L-R:        

Helen Davies (Entertainments), Joy Casaru (Social Hostess), John Heslop, Amanda Burton (Social Hostess).

 

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Bill McCandless & Greg Sinclair

Date:    

8th November 2005

Venue:  

Pacific Princess moored in Sydney

Attendees:

Greg Sinclair & Bill McCandless

 

On the 8th November 2005 Greg Sinclair was lucky enough to get down to the Pacific Princess when it was in Sydney and meet up with Bill.

 

Bill McCandless & Greg Sinclair, 4 to 8 watch Junior Engineers Ė Oriana 1970 (The Fire Trip), 35 Years on.

 

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Oronsay Reunion Fraser Valley B.C. 2006

Date:    

2006

Venue:  

Ian Cooke's farm in the Fraser Valley of B.C

Attendees:

George Clish, Don Askew, Peggy Askew, Alan Dalkin and Ian Cooke

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Courtesy of Don Askew

This the most recent reunion which has become an annual get together at Ian Cooke's farm in the Fraser Valley B.C. This is what they look like thirty seven years since leaving the Oronsay.

L-R:       

George Clish (ex Canberra), Don Askew, Peggy Askew, Alan Dalkin and Ian Cooke (all ex Oronsay)

 

Good Onya Guys Ö keep it up :)

 

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Oriana Reunion Perth 2006

Date:    

9th March 2006

Venue:  

MV Oriana moored in Fremantle

Attendees:

Mark Sawyer, Garry Stewart, John Speed, Charlie Oxley, Steve B, Willie Henry. Partners Veronica Sawyer, Di Stewart, Liz Oxley, Gaye Speed and Jen B also joined us. 

 

Pre Lunch Drinks

This is the start of what turned out to be an absolutely brilliant day. 

 

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L-R:       

Veronica Sawyer, Liz Oxley, Gaye Speed and Di Stewart.

 

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L-R:       

Steve B, John Speed, Mark Sawyer, Garry Stewart, Willie Henry and Charles Oxley.

 

I never ever dreamt of getting into a Chiefís fridge but as you can see miracles do happen.

 

Conference Room

These photos were taken in the Conference Room between the Captainís and the Chief Engineerís cabins.

 

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The new face on the left is my wife, Jen. Sheís always late. Has been for 30 years and an important occasion like this is never an exception. Onya Jen. 

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The significance of these photos is that the Oriana plaque on the wall is the actual one from the Original SS Oriana. After some discussion we believe it was in the Lookout Bar.

Dave, John Speed, Willie,

 

Malcolm Orr adds;

The plaque did not in fact adorn the Lookout Bar, instead it watched over the main-foyer on D-Deck. I have evidence, a picture of Granty and myself, holding our 21st birthday brasses, with "the plaque" behind us. You lot must have been pissed your entire time at sea to get that wrong. Luckily my experience on-board was different, I sailed with a bunch of "deeply-religious, health-fanatics" like Oakesy and Blee. 
All the best,
Malcy.

  

We have since rectified this mistake here Malcy but we thank you and appreciate your contribution enabling me to correct this piece written back in 2006.

    

Restaurant

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John, Willie,

 

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The food was delicious. I started with the Terrine followed by the Byrani Curry ending with Cheese & Biscuits. I have to thank the excellent waiter who took pity on the fact that I have such a huge stomach to fill and brought me a second curry. I also have to say that the meal was splendidly accompanied by copious pints of John Smithís Bitter. Ah! Heaven.

Willie,

 

Engine Room

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You may be thinking by now that Garry Stewart has a back injury as every shot heís adopted a stooped position but itís really just the weight of his impending retirement thatís weighing him down. Poor bugger. Iím glad Iíve still got at least 15 or more years left to work thanks to two children who just had to go to a private school and the resulting second mortgage of course. God Iím lucky.

Dave, Charles, Willie,

 

Atrium

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Entertainment Theatre

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Aft Swimming Pool

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Blue & Jacko Reunion Southampton 2006

Date:    

April 2006

Venue:  

A Southampton Pub

Attendees:

Paul Robinson (Blue), Andy Jackson (Jacko) & Paulís wife Gill.

 

Blue on the left of course with Andy, both looking very fit and well. I see the snooker on the Telly top right.

 

What a great shot

 

and this one even better.

 

Paul writes;

Our UK trip was mainly for our son who got married in Brighton to his long time English girlfriend, the wedding was the best and it was a party that went from 3 days prior to 2 days after the event which everyone enjoyed immensely. We also had a week in France which was fantastic, especially for Gill as she has never been over the Channel. The trip was 5 weeks in total so I had plenty of time to pile the weight on with English beer, which I must say has improved beyond belief since leaving 24 years ago.
 

You made me look forward to my trip this year even more now Blue. Thanks for your great contribution once again.

 

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Oronsay Reunion Sydney 2006

Date:    

23rd April 2006

Venue:  

Keith Radfordís place in Sydney

Attendees:

Keith Radford, John Sullivan, Bob Jones, Chris Benham, Toby Tompkins and families plus Steve B via Internet Webcam and Phone hook-up from Perth.

 

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L-R:        

Lynne Radford, Sue Benham, Chris Benham, Bob Jones, John Sullivan, Anthony Tompkins, Toby Tompkins, Helen Tompkins, Leonie Jones and Keith Radford on his knee in the centre.

 

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L-R:        

John (Sully) Sullivan. Chris (Barbary, Blackman) Benham, Keith (The Rat) Radford, Helen Tompkins, Toby Tompkins and Bob (Jonesy) Jones.

 

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Bob and Leonie Jones.

 

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Sue Benham and John Sullivan

 

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Toby Tompkins, Helen Tompkins and Chris Benham.

 

Yes that is a "Stella Artois" glass that Toby's holding but the beer of the day was "Bluetongue Lager" from the Hunter Valley and at $50 a case "on special" its a top drop!

 

Chris Benhamís nicknames come from the fact that he was born and raised in Malawi in Africa and could speak Swahili before he could speak English, hence "Barbary" or "Blackman" Benham.

 

Keith explains;

Iíd stayed in regular contact with Toby, John, Bob and Chris ever since I arrived in Oz in 1974. I attended Bobís wedding when he married Leonie. The contact between us all has been sporadic over the years and with Chris being in NZ heíd never been able to join in. In 2002 Lynne and I went to NZ and stayed with Chris and Sue at their farm near Whakatane (In NZ a "Wh" is said as an "F" Ö say no more) and that was the first time weíd seen each other in 25 years. Chris and family came to Oz to attend their sonís wedding last year but was so busy with preparations he was unable to catch up with anybody. In his regular  Christmas correspondence he indicated he and Sue would be in Oz for an extended period this visit and would like to catch up with Lynne and I.  The time was set and unbeknown to them I also invited Toby and his family, Bob & Leonie and John Sullivan and wife Sharon, but Sharon was unable to come. Yesterdayís little get together was the outcome. Chris, Sully, Tobes and Jonesy hadnít clapped eyes on each other for over 30 years so you can imagine the surprise reaction as they all arrived, UNBELIEVABLE!!! Bob and Chris wanted to put postings on the website Guestbook.

 

Courtesy of Keith Radford

Hereís Bob Jones actually added his Guestbook entry.

 

Iíll take over the story from here. I was working on the site when the 2 entries came in (I get an automatic email when anybody signs the book) and it wasnít hard to deduce that a Pour Out was underway and in full swing and not wanting to miss out I remembered that The Ratís phone numbers were on his emails so I made the call. Keith put the phone on speaker and as we both have webcams we decided to do a camera hook-up as well. It was great to be part of the party for a while. The only one in the group that I ever sailed with is Toby Tompkins and it was great to see him and talk to him for the first time in 30 years. The strange thing is that even though I never sailed with the other guys it felt like Iíd known them all my life. Just brilliant. Thanks and well done Keith! 

 

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Mixed Reunion on Dawn Princess, October 2006

Date:    

October 2006

Venue:  

The Dawn Princess 

Attendees:

David Thomas, Celia Chester, Peter Chester, Katie Chester

 

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Great Venue!

 

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I love this photo as it typifies the style and eloquence of the life we all lived. As Engineers it was a bit Jekyll & Hyde though as just a few hours earlier we could have been chasing blind Mullets through the bilges or doing a pretty good impersonation of Al Jolson :)

L-R:

David Thomas (aka Dai Electric Staff Electro Technical Officer), Peter Johnson (Chief Technical Officer married to Sonia, Staff Purser), Sally Oliver (wife of Captain Bob Oliver), Katie Chester (Assistant Purser), Bob Oliver (Captain), Peter Chester (ex 2nd Engineer Passenger Division and Chief Engineer Ferries), Celia Chester (ex SAP), Sonia Grimason (was Johnson, Staff Purser married to Peter Johnson CTO).

 

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L-R:

Peter Chester, Wendy Gomez Llanos (JAP), Katie Chester (AP), Celia Chester, Sam Harding, Trent Donovan.

 

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Here's Celia proving the Venue. 

 

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Great shot of Celia & Dai.

 

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And here's Dai after giving Peter the Royal tour of the Engine Room. I would have loved to be on that tour.

 

Great stuff!

 

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Oriana Reunion Belbroughton, UK 2006

Date:    

21st November 2006

Venue:  

Bell Inn, Belbroughton, Stourbridge, West Midlands

Attendees:

Glyn Dodson, & Bill Wilson

 

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Courtesy of Glyn Dodson

L-R:

Bill Wilson, Glyn Dodson

 

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Glyn Dodson (aka Twinkle Toes) and Bill Wilson

 

Glyn recalls;

Its been 29 years since I last saw Bill and two weeks ago I had the chance to meet up with him again, I met Bill on the Tuesday on the way back from a meeting in Weston-super-Mare. The years have taken their toll on all of us noticeable with a thickening of the waistlines and in my case a fringe that starts at the back of the head!! But the personalities and humour remain untouched by time. What struck me was the conversation flowed as if we'd seen each other only a few weeks ago not a quarter of a century as it really was. Time was spent on bringing each other up to date and who'd done what and who was where, but the majority was spend having a laugh as we always did. On the 21st Nov we met up again and it was brilliant. Within minutes the banter and humour broke out, we could've been having a beer on Oriana in mess kit. We could recall stories with the line "do you remember ....." and laughed at past experiences, if any of our past shipmates had their ears burning that night then we did mention you and it was all with found memories. Driving back after the night I realised that I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to know and receive the friendship of such wonderful guys, not just Bill but all of the guys I sailed with, there are not many people who can not see friends for such a long time and pick up from where we left off. I'm wearing my glasses while I type this as my arms are no longer long enough to read or type without them - you needed to have been there that night to know what I'm talking about ... 

 

Brilliant stuff!

 

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Barras, Captain Steve B & Paul Clasby, Arcadia 2006

Date:    

27th November 2006

Venue:  

mv Arcadia, On Calypso Isles & Dixieland Cruise.

Attendees:

Dave Barraclough, Captain Steve Burgoine and Paul Clasby (Chief Engineer)

 

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Steve kindly sent this photo with the following message;

Another one for the rogues gallery. Dave Barraclough turned up on this cruise out of retirement. He is just the same as he always was, hasn't changed a bit. The photo with Paul Clasby and myself was taken at Paul's party last night. (27th Nov).
 

Great photo Steve but all we need to know now is what was Paul's Party for? 

 

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Bill McCandless, Charles Oxley & Steve B

Date:    

27th November 2006

Venue:  

Pacific Princess, Victoria Quay, Fremantle

Attendees:

Bill McCandless, Charles Oxley, Mike Fatchen, Gordon ? (Eng), Simon ? (Deck Officer) and Steve B

 

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Unfortunately, as you can see, this photo turned out very blurred. It was taken by Gordon, the officer in charge of the Engineering Control Room. He must have been nervous having two such beautiful women so close (my two daughters).

L-R:

Sarah B, Lisa B, Steve B, Bill McCandless, Charles Oxley. 

 

This is Gordon, the culprit of the blurry phot above. I took this one and it's a bit blurry too so I can't talk.

 

We then went for a Bridge tour and met Simon who's only very recently joined Princess Cruises after some time spent on the Ferries between Liverpool and Ireland. Simon's Italian and a very friendly guy.

 

As we were taking in the sites from the Bridge we were joined by Captain Mike Fatchen who'd just arrived to take over after some leave. 

 

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This was the view from the Bridge looking out along the Swan River out to Sea.

 

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Oriana Reunion Daventry, UK 2006

Date:    

16th December 2006

Venue:  

Premier Travel Inn, Daventry, Northamptonshire

Attendees:

Glyn Dodson, Bill Wilson, Bob Chambers & Wife Sheila, Celia Chester, Peter Chester, Katie Chester, Bunny Warren & Wife Jan, Dai Griffin

 

This must have been taken by Glyn Dodson as he's the only one missing.

L-R Clockwise

Katie Chester, Peter Chester, Bill Wilson, Bunny Warren, Jan Warren, Celia Chester, Bob Chambers, Sheila Chambers, Dai Griffin.

 

That's Glyn Dodson peering over Celia's head 3rd from the left.

 

Similar shot. Bob, Celia, Glyn, Bill, Bunny, Peter and Dai.

 

The Oriana crew 30 years on.

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Bob Chambers, Glyn Dodson, Celia Chester, Bill Wilson and Bunny Warren.


Celia, Glyn & Bob looking very happy indeed :)

 

Bill & Bunny looking equally pleased to be there.

 

Katie Chester you are simply gorgeous!!! And it's great to see Peter looking so well after a difficult year health wise.

 

Sisters! Katie and Celia.


Steve B writes; 

I was meant to be at this reunion but sadly fell foul of a debilitating virus the moment I arrived on British soil. It knocked me for the entire six week trip. I was staying with my 80 year old Mother whom, while nursing me, succumbed to the same affliction about a week later and was given antibiotics as a precautionary measure. I was told by the N.H.S. that I just had to grin, bear it and ride it out. It was quite a worrying time as I've been diagnosed with the very early stages of Mesothelioma and I'd suffered two attacks of severe Bronchial Pneumonia in 2006 so my only option was to lay low and try and prevent my lungs from becoming infected. This meant cancelling ALL my UK plans upsetting quite a lot of people but I had no choice. I'm very pleased this reunion went as well as the photos indicate. Hopefully there will be a next time.       

 

I've just received this letter from Glyn Dodson,

I was originally going to call this the Oriana reunion however as Dai kindly joined us for the evening it was more appropriate to drop the Oriana. The seed of the idea for a reunion was formed when Steve told us he was coming over to the UK to see his family Christmas 2006, the opportunity to have a few beers and catch up for old times was too good to be missed. The date was set for the 17th December, Steve did his bit and got on the plane and we were all set. Celia Chester got in touch with Richard (Bunny) Warren, Bill got in touch with Bob Chambers and Steve with Dai and we had the basis of a good evening. A venue mid country (Weedon - yep, if you don't know where it is buy a map) which had a hotel that could provide accommodation for those stopping over and a decent restaurant and all was set up. With all the I's dotted and the T's crossed we were set for a good weekend, fate intervened here with the help of a little bug, the cold bug!!


Steve coming from the rather warmer and drier climate of Western Australia succumbed to a cold virus which soon spread to a chest infection (I would have offered to rub something on had he only been of the opposite gender!!) Steve phoned me a couple of days before the bash and sounded dreadful and reluctantly had to concede that the bug would keep him from attending, that was a big disappointment to us all as it was our opportunity to say thanks for providing us with the web site and the vehicle to get back in touch after all these years.


The day of the 17th was brilliant, I picked up Bill and we made our way to Weedon and after a quick shower made our way to the bar, on our second beer we clocked a rather respectable looking gentleman sat alone and after a lot of "I wonder if he is" and a few "maybes" and a couple of "you go and ask him first" we shouted across "oy mate, you called Dia??" bingo, it was, so we had a chat consisting of "do you knowÖ.." and "when I was onÖ..", the evening had started. It wasn't long before Celia and husband Peter appeared, together with daughter Katie (she is so good looking I stopped in mid sentence on seeing her!!) Bunny and wife Jan then arrived and almost at the same time Bob and wife Sheila. I cannot fully describe how it was seeing those people after some 28 years. I said after meeting Bill earlier in the year it was like picking up from where we had left off, and again it was the same. The faces may of aged and the figures a bit fuller - well all accept Bob, he is the same as all those years ago, but the sparkle in the eyes, the laughter and humour was there as fresh as the seventies.


The wine and beer flowed thoughout the evening, cameras snapped and a great time was had by all. We did drink a toast to all seadogs we've met over the years and raised our glass to one in particular wishing him a speedy recovery and that was Steve - you really would have enjoyed it mate. We couldn't let it be a one off, so we decided to hold a return bout in Southampton. The date this time is the 17th March and the accommodation will be the old Merchant Navy Hotel in Lodge Road - who hasn't stopped there during pre sea training or joining a ship. The restaurant is to be sorted yet. 

 

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