Blue­birds beaus

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HAV­ING re­la­tions at Mil­li­cent, I trav­elled from Ade­laide to Kalan­gadoo on a new Blue­bird train as a young teenager in 1954, such lux­ury com­pared to pre­vi­ous jour­neys on the old steam trains.

On this oc­ca­sion my car­riage was jam-packed with a lively bunch of board­ers go­ing home for the hol­i­days. They all wore their uni­forms and all seemed to know each other. Af­ter a ses­sion of bois­ter­ous in­ter-school ri­valry and much seat swap­ping, some of the in­ter­ac­tions be­came more am­a­tory than ex­hi­bi­tion­ist. It was ob­vi­ously not the done thing to turn and check out the writhing and gig­gling that was go­ing on in the back row.

I still re­mem­ber the laugh­ter that bub­bled up in­side me a few hours later when, as the train stopped at a suc­ces­sion of tiny sid­ings in wheat and graz­ing coun­try, I watched pre­vi­ously swag­ger­ing or flirt­ing ado­les­cents be­come chil­dren again, suc­cumb­ing to the hugs of ador­ing par­ents be­fore head­ing meekly to the fam­ily ute. I sup­pose it’s still the same th­ese days; but the trip home can’t be nearly as en­joy­able. El­iz­a­beth Hutchins,



BON VOY­AGE: With much fan­fare, P&O ocean liner Mooltan de­parts Outer Har­bor for Lon­don in Au­gust 1952.

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