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19th - 22nd July 2009 in Canberra Australia

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The celebrations took place 'as advertised', between 19th and 22nd July inclusive, it was a real blast! But quite 'full on' for us who are rapidly approaching (but have not reached) their second childhood.

Amazingly we got through all 4 days with no major hitches at all - I'm still quite surprised and more than a little relieved that it all went so well. Of course I really shouldn't have been surprised with such a dedicated band of committee members and a large number of willing volunteers. To all of you an enormous vote of THANKS!

And of course we would have been wasting our time if YOU hadn't turned up in droves. The last counts I had were

151 for Day one registration (That was a nice day to catch up with old friends) I suspect a few more actually came along.
212 for Tid & HSK including 75 on the coaches on Day two (I suspect we were outnumbered by the press). Glen did a great job at TID, and the plaque and time capsule at HSK were really nice and relaxed!
282 was the official figure for lunch on day 3. That was a great success I think - hopefully not too many speeches and presentations so that people could only come on that day were able to catch up a bit. I was really taken by surprise and touched by Brian Hale's great poem and superb memento - thank you very much Brian :-)
134 signed up for the films at Questacon - perhaps a few less actually came along. Anybody who didn't come along missed two really good movies, but many were probably all 'Apollo'd out' by then! And we had a live feed from the solar eclipse in Japan thrown in as well!

I have left the pages for each day on-line (including a collage for each day courtesy of my better half) and also the attendance list.

So I will be 79 by the 45th and 84 by the 50th Anniversary - I'll be there. I'm confident that someone else will take over the organising!

Thanks again to all who made this such a success - best wishes - JohnS

P.S. Betty is already posting a mass of photos on her Picassa Web site. Check them out at http://picasaweb.google.com.au/esaxon1941 


John Saxon 17Dec2009