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Last Weeks Meeting [22 October] 66% Members Present Apologies Makeups Silent Members Guests Club Guests Visiting Rotarians Members On Leave 24 8 0 19* 2 1 1 3 Fines Rotary Foundation $198.80 Nil (The Big E admitted he forgot to put out the Foundation boxes!) Meal surplus banked: $35.00 * Guys, weve really slipped again. A call, text or email to the Attendance Chairman will help immensely. Andrew Pinnell reports: A 6.30 prompt start. There was one members guest, Allan Mallet (Vic Minchin) and one visiting Rotarian, Peter Harris from the RC of Patong Beach, Thailand. It was also great to see Dave Pearson returning after some health issues. President Scott welcomed us. Mick Myers made an announcement about the BEAT Festival and then it was over to Fingers who noted that the Christmas function was to be held at Wharf 1 (the old Il Lido restaurant) on the last Sunday of November. Itll be an afternoon function with more details and the price to be confirmed. John Anictomatis was the guest speaker and spoke about his history of living in Darwin. He arrived in 1958 off an excruciating plane ride that made the whole family vomit for most of the flight. Back then, Darwins population was just 5000. Stuart Park was Francis Camp and Fannie Bay didnt exist. He lived at 88 Mitchell Street which was the end of town. He and his family lived in very basic accommodation with mosquito nets, no aircon. His mother had never received an education and life was one of hard work and simple living at times. The family grew melons at what is now 130 The Esplanade. The family were very poor and saved hard until they could buy land in what came to be Fannie Bay. Because they knew a Greek friend, they got a discount on the land and house build price. Back then, virtually all roads past the Stuart Highway were just dirt. He was one of the first students to attend Parap Primary school when it opened. He noted that in the order of society, the Greeks felt like they were virtually the last. He, his brothers and Greek friends would often end up in fights due to the antipathy towards the Greeks. At the top were the whites who were generally the bureaucrats that came up for two years from Adelaide and then there were the Chinese who owned most of the land and businesses. He remembers going to the Star Theatre to watch the movies and seeing the clear segregation of the various communities.
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