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By my count some 60 souls braved the wilds of HSK for a most enjoyable occasion. First on the scene around 10am after me and Betty were Neil & Verena Sandford in fine form - they should have Day's & Sandford'sreceived a prize for driving the longest distance (from Port Macquarie) and for braving the considerably less than tropical climate. They were soon joined by Robert and Judy Day (on the left of the photo) who ran them a close (second?) for distance from Melbourne. Note: Please click on the picture for a full size version, then use your browser "back button" to return to this page.

Verena Sandford and Betty Saxon get started Verena Sandford and Betty Saxonwith the chatting

Rex Hofmeier at the power house Rex Hofmeier checks out what remains of the powerhouse.

A number of the earlier starters went for a walk around what remains of the site - just a few concrete slabs and only the lower slab (canteen, etc) remaining from the main building. Walking down to the creek

The crowd had grown a little and we headed off down to the mighty dam on the creek. Photo: From the front. Marie Smith and Paul Mullen, Bernie Smith, Neil & Verena Sandford, Rex Hofmeier, Judy and Robert Dey.

It seemed a lot further down than 30 years ago! At the creekBut we made it eventually.

Photo: Lined up on the dam wall are (from Left). Rex, Paul, Judy, Marie, Bernie, Verena, Neil, Betty and Robert.

Roy & Betty RaeOn the way back we ran into Roy and Mrs Rae who had also been checking out the remains of the powerhouse

Some more arrivals while we were away must have worried that they had arrived at Brigadoon!

Arthur with toadstoolPhoto: Stew Burton (one of the Tid crew who worked with us on Apollo-8) admires a small toadstool found by Arthur and his wife. Arthur worked as a cook in the early days at HSK and later at all 3 ACT stations.

The talk-fest beginsMultiple simultaneous reminiscences were soon in full swing. Most people got some lunch while circulating and looking at other's memorabilia, etc.

Photo: Clockwise from front. Mrs Rae, Neil Sandford, Mrs Tony, Verena Sandford, Tony Salvage, Betty Saxon, Jackie French (Bryan's wife), Bryan Sullivan, Terry Lloyd, Bette Lloyd, Rex HofmeierGetting outside lunch

Some of the slighty later arrivals "signed in" - wrote their name tags, while others could not wait to eat. Photo: From front. Bernie Smith, Marie Smith, Phil Rutherford, Mrs Phil.

First group photoLots of photos and videos were taken. Only a very small selection are shown here.

By about 2pm we just managed to get in a few group photos before the rain started. If you click on the group photos, the names are included on those pages. The first two group photos are (almost) everyone who attended. The next two are the Ex-HSK workers

Second group photoThe promised cold front arrived early and the rain started to come down quite seriously. The ex-HSK workers

The crowd thinned rapidly but about 10 hardy types crammed into our daughter's portable sunshade with tarp thrown over the top - we finally called it a day around 3:15pm.

Paul, Alex + SOPhoto: Paul Mullen, Alex Sommariva, SO

My guess is that most people could have swapped stories for at least douBetty, Neil, Ianble the time, and I hope to start collecting some of these with a view to producing a small book, or at least some web pages during the next year or so. Photo: Betty Saxon, Neil Sandford, Ian Edgar

I think most would want to do it again next year - one year we are bound to strike good weather {:-)) The general consensus seemed to John, Verena, Paulbe to keep it to the week before Easter - not the Easter weekend itself. That would make it Sun 8th next year - but always open to suggestions.

Photo: John Saxon, Verena Sandford, Paul Mullen

I must apologise if I have got the occasional name wrong, or missed someone (too many introductions - so little time {:-)). Please let me know if you see any errors.

Brian Hale snapped some stills from his 15 minute video (soon to be made available!). Check out the stills by clicking on the following links (then use the back "button" to return to this page).

Neil Sandford, Jim K. Roy R., Jean & Mike L.,Bryan S. & Bernie S.,Paul M., Jim K. & Martin G., Conversations, Col P., Arthur, Lunch, More lunch, Conversations, John H., From Ant pad, Towards North, Going home, Chats, Hamish, Database, Group photo time


Thanks to all who managed to make it - despite the weather it was a good day!

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