TBT (Throwback Thursday) is something that I have enjoyed watching and following on friends facebook pages for some months now. Old photos of sometimes hard to recognise faces.....but they all hold special memories for the people sharing them. I recently attended a work reunion so I have decided to use this as my kick off for my own TBT Blog posts. Sometimes they will come with stories.....sometimes not......but either way I hope that you enjoy my trip (and fall) down memory lane. And remember it's okay to laugh at the photo.....because I do!
So back to the reunion. Only a couple of weeks ago I stumbled across a fb group for past workers at the SECV at Clements House in Flinders Street Melbourne. I was excited to see faces and names that I recognised........as an 18 year old, I left home in the country to start my first job in Melbourne at the State Electricity Commission as a Clerical Officer. My stumble was perfect timing as a reunion had been organised for Friday 24th October and I arranged to attend. To say I was nervous was an understatement.......yes I know a lot of you probably wouldn't believe that I am not all that comfortable in a group with strangers. But there were people who were attending that I really wanted to catch up with.......most I hadn't seen in about 30 years. It was held upstairs in Chloe's Bar in the old watering hole of the Young & Jackson's Pub.....with about 100 past employees the noise was deafening with the chatter as we all desperately were trying to read name tags and recall them from years ago. As I only worked in Credit Control and the Customer Service departments for 3 years, my recall wasn't as good as others.........some hadn't changed at all.........some had less hair......most had glasses.......some a little less thin.........and some obviously weren't as old as I thought they were!
So here is my TBT photo......a young 19 year old enjoying lunch and drinks at Hosies Bar in Elizabeth Street (which I am told is now a rather undesirable place unless you like topless barmaids and strippers!)
I left Clements House in 1984 to return home, and I worked at the SEC in Colac up until November 1987 when I left to have Emma. I look back on those 3 1/2 years in Melbourne fondly and cherish the memories that I have and the friendships that remain with me today.....including Andrew. We write every year at Christmas.....his is the first card I get every year....lol!
Both a little greyer too!