REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND ADVENTUROUS
Regular contributor Ron Schofield has sent in yet another memory regarding a trip to Tassie in 1954. Here is his story.
It was with excitement that we said goodbye to our dad at Central Railway Station (Sydney) and with our pushbikes and luggage we were heading to Tasmania for a ten day tour of the island in January of 1954. I was nearly 15 years old and my brother Geoff, was 13 ½ years old. On loading our bikes and gear onto the coal driven steam engine we settled in for a night trip to Melbourne. What a great feeling, moving along, listening to all the noises and admiring the scenery.
On arriving in Melbourne we found our way to the docks and loaded our bikes and gear onto a wooden ship called the “Taroona”. After settling into our cabin, which was on the side of the boat with a porthole window, my brother and I went to the dining room for a roast dinner. By this time we were in Bass Strait which was very rough. After struggling back to our cabin we settled in for the night. On awakening in the morning, our cabin had 2” or 50mm of water on the floor. After arriving at Beauty Point, we started on our tour of Tasmania.
What a wonderful time we had touring the island and meeting a lot of friendly people. Some of the places we visited were Burnie, Launceston, Hobart, Queenstown and Devonport. One afternoon we were sheltering under our tent due to the rain and a couple in their ute pulled over and offered us a warm place to stay for the night. After putting our bikes and our gear onto the ute we arrived at their home in Taroona. After a warm shower and dinner we settled in for the night.
Next morning early we looked out the window and to our surprise we were watching the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race moving along the Derwent River to Constitution Dock in Hobart. After breakfast, this kind couple took us in their ute to the docks to see the yachts and then to Mount Wellington to view over Hobart.
After a very enjoyable time touring Tasmania on our push bikes we joined the “Taroona” for our return trip over Bass Strait which was very smooth and relaxing. On arriving back in Melbourne we again enjoyed our steam train ride back to Sydney and to our family. My brother Geoff and I had a very safe and enjoyable holiday in beautiful Tasmania. Hope you enjoyed reading my story Ron Schofield – Baulkham Hills Ivor’s notes: The suburb of Taroona is where the Shot Tower is located a little south of Hobart.
The ship “Taroona” was used as a regular ferry used between Melbourne and Tasmania. Built in Scotland in 1934, she commenced service in the Bass Strait in 1935. During the 2nd World War she was requisitioned firstly by the NZ Government and then later by the Australian Government as a troop ship. After arriving back in Sydney in the 1946 she was decommissioned as a troop carrier and recommenced operating a ferry service between Melbourne and Tasmania until 1959 after which she was replaced by the much larger “Princess of Tasmania”
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