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Special quilt made for the Island 100 years of Primary school Koalas are arriving
Veteran ferry driver retires Post office on Raymond Island RIAL balance sheet ’52
State of our roads in ‘49 Cattle running wild on Island RAAF crash boat
From to 40’s and 50’s Bears on Raymond Island Shire Master Plan 5ct
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The R A A F crash boat
A story from David Hamilton. When he was a very little boy. David thinks it might be as much as 55 years ago or even more, his father asked him to go across in the ferry boat to buy something from the corner store on the mainland. On the jetty David dropped his mother’s purse and it slipped through a gap into the water. It floated, but out of his reach. He remembers this as clearly as if it happened yesterday, as the purse floated away the RAAF crash boat ( did you know they had a crash boat on the Lakes ? ) saw it, picked it up out of the water and returned it to David and gave him a ride over to the mainland. About the RAAF Crash boat mentioned above:
FROM= GARRY KENNER THE RAAF CRASH BOAT.
THE CRASH BOAT AS I CAN REMEMBER AS A KID WOULD BE TYRED UP ALONG the ISLAND’s WESTERN BLV. AT XMAS AND ON NEW YEARS EVE .THE PERSONAL WOULD COME TO THE FERRY PARK AND LET OFF FLAIRS AT MIDNIGHT WHERE MY PARENTS AND FRIENDS WOULD GATHER TO SEE IN THE NEW YEAR.
THE BOAT WAS STATIONED AT THE HEART LANDING AS IT'S KNOWN. (SALE SIDE OF LAKE WELLINGTON) THERE WAS A FULL SLIPWAY AND WORK SHED FOR REPAIRS ALL OF WHICH HAS GONE.
ONE LITTLE STORY ABOUT THIS SLIPWAY AREA IS REG MEDLING AND SON GRAEME WOULD BE UP THAT WAY FISHING FOR SOME DAYS GRAEME HAD MAGNET FROM AN OLD SPEAKER WITH ROPE TIDE TO IT AND DRAGGED IT ON THE BOTTOM AROUND THE SLIP AND WOULD GATHER TOOLS THAT HAD FALLEN INTO THE WATER.
CHEERS GARRY KENNER
Here are the two only shots of the RAAF Crash Boat (except for the Raymond Island photo in Midge Beesley's book at the jetty opening) No one at the RAAF knows where they where taken, but I say it's at the Heart Landing, Lake Wellington at the end of Lower Heart Rd Sale off Sommertonpark Rd. (See Map of Lake Wellington, and the insert shows the small jetty near Andrew Bay at the left hand side of the map)
The boat is on her slipway there in November 1952.
If these are the only pictures the RAAF have maybe someone out there in the wide world can do some publicity and see what comes up!!!
The jetty below was known as “ The Ferry PUNT Jetty “ ( on the Paynesville side ) It was around for years ! As Garry remembers : " We used the jetty to tie our row boat up to when we had to go to the shop. The corner store was then owned by the Goss family " Garry Kenner can remember playing on the jetty when he was a little boy
A contribution by the Uebergangs
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Four photos of our “new” ferry arriving. This ferry went into service in ‘97
Taken by the late Keith Coulter. Supplied by Marj Coultert
Editor’s note: I found these photos in the storeroom of our hall. I have no idea who they belong to. If anyone recognises them, would you please get in touch email
Looked at the photo of the ferryman--"Arty Williams'---actually his name was "budgie " Williams-- I lived on the Island from about 1950, when we had a wind across ferry and the old double ender row boat. A little petrol engine was then added to that ferry , which an numerous occasions came adrift and floated down the straights.