Bruce Van Essen contacted me from New Zealand, where he has lived most of his life. When Bruce was 5 years old his Dutch-born parents
returned to Holland for a 2 year working holiday. He only remember bits and pieces of the trip on the Australis in 1972. They all returned to New Zealand again in 1974.
His father took many slides with his camera, Bruce knows that his father (who passed away just a few years ago), had hundreds of slides tucked away somewhere.
Bruce misses hearing the stories about the ship - including the story about them being the only family who turned up for their evening meal in the dining room,
because the sea was so rough and everybody was sea-sick (including some of the waiters).
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Many thanks to Bruce Van Essen for his contribution to the site
Regretfully I am "running down" the S. S. Australis website due to increasing family and health issues.
I may occasionally update the site if I receive a great story/photos from ex-crew only
, if it is a new contact.
I know there are still stories to share from ex-crew all over the world, who haven't yet been in touch.
I am deeply moved by the interest and wonderful contributions from numerous passengers and crew over many years.
A HUGE THANK YOU.
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