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Exmouth: an Australian town with American history

In April 2017, I arrived in Exmouth, Western Australia on a flight from Perth. As the plane descended toward the Ningaloo Coast, I looked down at red dirt, rolling ranges, blue water and one road visible from the sky and  wondered where in the world I had decided to spend the next several months. Once the plane landed and we headed toward town, we passed the petrol station, two grocery stores, a few shops and restaurants, and I realized that this little town would make a good home.

When the locals learned I am from the US, I began hearing stories of Exmouth’s American history. In September of 1967, U.S. Naval Communication Station North West Cape was commissioned to support Very Low Frequency transmitters, which allow communication with submarines around the world.

HEH Ceremony Cover Jack McMichael

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HEH Ceremony #1 Jack McMichael

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The station was later renamed Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt in honor of the late Prime Minister of Australia. From 1967 to 1992, the US Navy presence in Exmouth, Western Australia shaped the town and its traditions. While the US base is now empty and operations have been relinquished to a civilian company, memories of that time remain an important part of Exmouth’s DNA.

Dennis Brockschmidt Exmouth 4 July 1976 VLF towers

Photo credit: Dennis Brockschmidt

Almost everyone I’ve met who was here during that time has a memory to share, and I’ve loved learning about how people would drive on the left side of the road in town, but turn into base and continue on the right side. And I learned that there was a beer vending machine that only accepted American coins, so people would save coins all week to buy beer from the machine.

To understand more about this town and its unique history, I asked some Exmouth locals and Americans who were stationed at HEH to share their favorite memories from the “American era,” and I was overwhelmed with the responses! I hope you’ll enjoy this trip down memory lane as much as I did. 

Dennis Brockschmidt Exmouth 4 July 1976 freedom train

Photo credit: Dennis Brockschmidt

I ran the Base Post Office 85-87. Back then no cell phones and no internet so getting mail was the connection from home. Especially during the Christmas season. What I would do on Christmas Eve was to make sure everyone got their goodies was to roll out the bag racks outside and put out the word for mail call until everybody came and picked up their last minute mail. It was a big boost for morale and I loved doing it.

My best memories were the parade and riding in the bumper cars. Rode them until I couldn’t stand up straight. I didn’t care. It was a lot of fun. Also, BBQ’ing a turkey outside on the back patio for Christmas. Great memories with great friends.

Lewis M.

Dennis Brockschmidt Exmouth 4 July 1976

Photo credit: Dennis Brockschmidt

For us it was great living here then – no fences our children grew up with no prejudice because of the diversity of the population and we found the Americans on a whole to be very friendly people who contributed to the community in many ways.

Suzanne M.

Ron Henderson Exmouth 1973

Photo credit: Gerry Wild

We were there from Aug 1973 until Aug 1976. So many of us had said we wonder what life would have been like for us had we had cell phones and internet when we were there….we had NO phones at all for the most part.All communications by mail…even having pictures developed, most were sent to the States, taking sometimes two weeks to get back. There was a news agency in town that developed pics, but was costly for US personnel converting to Australian dollars. For clothing and household items ordering from Sears and JC Penney catalogs took forever….entailed mailing an order and then waiting for it to deliver.

Exmouth American Christmas Dennis Brockschmidt

Photo credit: Dennis Brockschmidt

I remember it being very hot at Christmas….so not like the cold winter-times we were used to. I put all my shutters down and turned the a/c as low as it would go….somehow couldn’t recreate snow….lol. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas was family-time regardless of being many miles from home. For the three Thanksgivings and Christmases we were there we would make the traditional holiday meals and have the single men over for dinner. I think many of the families there did that…..too far to go home for holidays!

Cappie P.

Dan Moore.4th July 1977

Photo credit: Gerry Wild

I loved 4th July on the oval. We used to have KFC flown into town.

Karen F.

Dennis Brockschmidt Exmouth 4 July 1976 quilt

Photo credit: Dennis Brockschmidt

I am from a dual nationality household, so American and New Zealand traditions were observed at our house, while growing up in Exmouth. Here is the basic rundown of some of the bigger traditions we enjoyed while in Exmouth in the late 70’s,and early 80’s:

New Year’s. We would have a big party with our neighbours, the Oldfield’s, in their back yard. We lived on Fife street, down near the Learmonth street end. I believe that it was in 83, that the police pipe band…all four members worth, showed up and stayed. They’d been going around town playing at various parties and ended up crashing at ours.

Easter was fairly quiet, and we would have a traditional leg of lamb dinner and occasionally head off to the beach with the Oldfield’s.

ANZAC Day. Mum’s family has quite the history when it comes to the ANZACS and we would observe in memory of my great grandfather, grandfather, and great uncle, as well as others who had served. Dad, being American, liked the history behind ANZAC Day, and the history he’d married into.

Halloween was always fun. We definitely got dressed up and would go trick or treating. We would usually hit the American houses only because many of the Australian houses didn’t celebrate or participate back then in the 80’s. A few did, but it was not common.

Thanksgiving; Dad was the only reason we even had Thanksgiving at our house. My sister and I would go to school, but classes were usually only half full, because a lot of the American students did not go to class on Thanksgiving. Mum would cook the traditional turkey dinner and we would invite the Oldfield’s over to dine with us.

Christmas was always a favourite. I was so disappointed when we went to the States and Christmas was cold. I loved getting up early for presents and then heading to the beach to spend the whole day mucking about while we barbequed and just had a ball. When we lived in Hawaii in the late 80’s, early 90’s, it made up for it a bit, because it wasn’t cold. I’ve never liked the cold weather at Christmas and am looking forward to when I retire back to Christmas in summer.

The 4th of July has always been a bit odd in our house, because we’re a dual nationality household, Kiwi and American. The most fun 4th of July celebrations I remember were in Exmouth. We lived there twice, 77-79 and again in 81-84. The 83 celebration was the exception.

Dennis Brockschmidt Exmouth 4 July 1976 hot dogs

Photo credit: Dennis Brockschmidt

We were at the oval and hot dogs were such an uncommon thing in our house while we lived in Exmouth, that I ate hot dogs until I got sick. I was almost 9 then and could eat quite a bit back then. The hot dogs had been grilled and I must have had 4 or 5 of them before getting ill. I can’t eat grilled hot dogs to this day because of that. I also remember the fireworks being something else because we were right underneath them.

Johan F.

Kat on 4th July 1973

Photo credit: Gerry Wild

Best 8yrs of my life. Moved there when I was in kindy and left halfway through year 8. Loved loved loved Halloween, the American lollies, sailing with my dad, camping, fishing, just everything. Miss it so much. Best place to grow up and to me it is my home town.

Hayley O.

MAC Flight off the Cape Exmouth Australia

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I remember when we landed at Learmonth field, the first thing I saw was a gentleman that had 20 or more flies on his back! I learned quick about those pesky flies! The country was beautiful, and the friendly Australian people. The base wasn’t completely built at the time I arrived, nothing but red dirt “pindan”, is what they called it.

NWC BASE#1 Jack McMichael

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There was a stand in town that sold “Roo Burgers” at least that is what we called them. I think it was mutton with some different type of sauce. We grew to love them. Then we would go to the PotShot Inn, it was a great place to relax n have a couple of “Swan Lagers”. I really loved the taste of that beer. When I came home, I tried to find it and couldn’t here in the USA.

SWIMMING IN Exmouth Australia Jack McMichael

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We didn’t have a car n the Navy Shuttled bus wasn’t running all the time, so we walked most places. I don’t remember knowing names of the different area beaches like I see on this site. We just went to the beach. I remember we used to have three days off, we would go to the beach with beer and food, drink and have fun. I lost my High School ring on one of those beaches 50 years ago. Maybe someone will find it in the future.

Jack M.

Exmouth American Bus

Photo credit: Craig Haskins

I remember eating Chico rolls at the Drive-In theater. They were so good! And for a farm girl from Wisconsin, being served “prawns” in town was quite an experience; they were HUGE and their heads and legs were intact! I also remember the flies that hitchhiked up the hill by riding on our backs. I remember wearing my Navy issue sweater when the weather “dipped” into the 80s.

Laurelei C.

First and Foremost – The Drive In ( l don’t know if it still exists!!)- How many kids, Male and Female, found ‘ love’ for the first time in those canvas seats?? It was a right of passage for anybody between 13 and 17 years of age !! Exmouth (because of the American Prescence) always got first run movies, l never saw more than the first ten minutes!!

Ken F.

friends in front of Craig Haskins Hostel room

Photo credit: Craig Haskins

First impression…… where is the town?

I grew up in a pretty small town by American standards (100k people) and another guy came in that was from a tiny town about 20 miles away. We graduated high school the same year, hung out at some top the same places, and knew a lot of the same people. Took us ending up in Exmouth for us to actually meet!

Greg F.

Potshot inn NWC Exmouth Australia Jack McMichael

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Best for me during my tour 1974-1975 was the Australian people. One morning I was walking to town to buy a newspaper and I passed an Aussie on the street when he says to me; “Mornin yank come on and let me buy ya a tube of grog.” So off we go to the Potshot Inn if my memories serves me correctly.

Robert T. RMCS USN (Ret.)

Going to the beach, on Christmas day, when it was 40C, was an experience. (Especially being from Michigan.)

Rich S.

Harold E Holt Jack McMichael

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I was stationed there as a Seabee from May 74 to Dec 75. I worked at the Power Plant at Area C, High Frequency Reciever site. Met some fantastic Aussie friends, as well as US Navy personnel.

Besides the beautiful times snorkeling, great times caving, my favorite memory is going rodeoing with 4 other shipmates. We had a great time meeting more Australian people on that trip down to Albany and back up to Busselton, and a few places in between.

John Mitchell showing his roping skills

Photo credit: Craig Haskins

I have ridden horses since I was a child. Didn’t own any. Just rented. But, my love for horses and western wear has stuck with me to this day.

When I was in Basic Electricity/Electronics school in San Diego, Ca, one of my Texas buddies asked me to drive him out to the east of the city, to a private ranch. This ranch raised and provided rodeo stock. Well, they held buckouts there every weekend. My buddy dared me to ride a bull. I took the dare, and I was hooked!

When I arrived at Harold E. Holt,  I immediately connected with the cowboys already there. They were from Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and I think Nebraska. These guys had already been to rodeos there in the land down under. So, they invited me along the next time the chance came up.

John Mitchell about to launch out of the chute on a bareback bronc

Photo credit: Craig Haskins

We all became members of the Australian Rough Riders Association, then signed up for 2 rodeos. With permission from Naval Command, and temporary assignment to Special Services, we became Ambassadors from the United States Navy to Australia! Sounds important! It wasn’t!

Craig Haskins rodeo

Photo credit: Craig Haskins

With everything in place, we were given the use of a Special Services van, and we were off! We had done some practicing on a battle set-up the boys had made. Between us, we had 2 bareback bronc rigs, and we all had bull riding ropes. So all 5 of us were signed up for both events at both rodeos.

Exmouth American Cowboys checking out the arena at Many Peaks Australia

Photo credit: Craig Haskins

Since leaving Australia, I have never had another opportunity to enter a rodeo! But it is a great experience and memory!

Shark caught while working on Exmouth Pier Craig Haskins

Photo credit: Craig Haskins

Another good memory is one of the parties on the beach by the Light House. Fish, prawn, and John Gresley’s lobster on the Barbie. With 22 cases of beer (essential) to wash it down. Swan Lager mate!!!  🙂

Craig H.

I was pool manager, 1975-1977. Loved talking to everybody at the pool all day long, at times I should have had a couch as I heard the most top secret things from the girls and boys stationed there. Wow that was a great party!!! I was there for all three day’s.

Jason W.

John G 70 party

Photo Credit: John Gresley

70 party at the North Cape Lodge. Now it’s a resort. We had same great times there.

John G.

road south off the Exmouth Cape Craig Haskins

Photo credit: Craig Haskins

I was there as a “Navy Brat” from October 1978 to October 1980. I turned 18 -20 while living there. I worked on the base in the Theater as a projectionist and at the commissary. One road trip going south along the coast, I counted 175 Roos. I would love to go back and see all the changes. Boy I miss the Cape. Great memories.

Rod K.

Norm Exmouth 1973

Photo credit: Gerry Wild

I was stationed in Exmouth, from Oct’ 84-April 88. The greatest times of my life were in the land “DownUnder”. The experiences I had with my husband, who was also with me, (civilian) were absolutely wonderful! We met many friends who we are still in touch with today, as well as our Aussie mates. I purchased my first car, Kingswood Holden, in Exmouth. It was an incredible vehicle, and lasted longer than I thought it would. Worked at VLF the entire time I was there. Learned how to snorkel, and drink like a Sailor! I remember when I first arrived at the cape, I drank 2 Emus, and was totally buzzed. Didn’t expect the beer to be so strong.

Michele W.

I was stationed on the cape from 86-88. My wife Tammie was there 85-87. One of my favorite memories of Exmouth would be the establishment of the kids little league baseball. Michael, Keven and I took on job of coaching one of the teams made up of both Australia and American kids.

Michael G.

Pipers.4th July 1977 Exmouth Australia

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Dennis Brockschmidt Exmouth American 4 July 1976 bus painting

Photo credit: Dennis Brockschmidt

I also was there in 76, and helped paint the base buses. Played in a little band on the 4th and a few times at the EM club and Potshot Inn. Best duty station in 27 years. Great town, great people.

Alan L.

Dennis Brockschmidt Exmouth 4 July 1976 fire hydrant

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My favorite 4th of July memories would have to be the bus paintings in 76 and the fire hydrant painting contest that was used to choose who got to paint a bus. Being stationed at HEH was one of the best experiences of my life. Great people, fond memories every time I see a new post in Exmouth Adventure.

Ken C.

 
4th July.Exmouth.1977

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4th July HEH Exmouth 1974

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4th July Exmouth 1973

Photo credit: Gerry Wild

Was stationed in Exmouth from 1988 to 1990. Absolutely loved it there! I remember at the Town Oval they had a lot of Fourth of July celebrations and games! The funny thing though it would be kind of chilly because it was winter there. Loved it!

Jamie G.

Fireworks.Base.1977 Exmouth Australia

Photo credit: Gerry Wild

Winter weather July 4..!?! Took a date to watch fireworks …cold..my 54 Hudson didn’t have a heater……….but those were the days my friends..

David C.

north west cape chiefs house Jack McMichael

Photo credit: Jack McMichael

From those of us who have lived in this magical place is that it is truly the place where memories were made. Likely most of us have pics….although many of us are from the (gasp) film era….and though some of those pictures have faded with time, the memories never will.

Vicki R.

GUYS LEAVING NWC Exmouth American base Jack McMichael

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Thank you to everyone who shared photos and memories! Want to share your memory? Add it in the comments!

To learn more about the history of Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt, visit:

HEH Naval Communication Station

Little America in the remote Pilbara: The ruins of a cold war US defence base

A Little America in Western Australia: The US Naval Communication Station at North West Cape and the Founding of Exmouth

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Carrie Daniels

Saturday 17th of February 2024

My Dad ( step Dad) was stationed there from I guess around 74 to 78 or so? Oran Wayne Daniels. ( He was known as just Dan by most.) He and my Moms’ best friends were Mary amd Lo Quinonez, they and their 3 kids were there also. There were 3 of us kids too., all girls. Mom and Mary’s youngest were both born there. I remember Lo dressing as Santa for Christmas.. and also that huge Christmas thing they did on base every year where all the kids ( maybe just American,, I don’t know) got a present. I remember my Australian friends and so many Australian and American families who we were close too. I remember how my little sister, Stephanie used to hide her clothes in the dirt.. how my Mom and Dad used to sit in the lawn chairs w a hose running water over their head as it was so hot w no ac in the American houses. ( I’m afraid of crickets to this day because of how badly the houses were plaqued by them).. I remember the beautiful clear water,, cowry shells , which my Mom and Mary called Carrie shells since that was my name.. huge crabs, the American adults going crazy over roasted lobster all the men caught on the beach, lots of poisonous things in the tide pools, and dollar shells, and the biggest boat loads of fish the side of men ( or maybe I was just small) being pulled out of the ocean once or twice.. the 12 foot white our neighbor caught and everyone in the front lawn ( well all the women) poking its teeth until it suddenly breathed and the jaw clamped down . I remember Mom saying there was only 1 commissary, an exchange and 1 gas station and I remember the 1 drive in movie theater playing nothing but the original Star Wars for 3 years or so straight until King Kong came out and I, who was way too young , was snuck in in the trunk of out little metro and , well, I had nightmares until late into my adulthood about being chased by a cannibal through the jungle until the Peter Jackson king king came out and I saw a similar scene and finally after 20 or so years realized what my reoccurring nightmares were from! Lots of crazy stuff! I also remember , of course, the red dirt, the big kangaroos, the emus, and I remember 3 small friendly kanagaroos who used to hang out at the drive in. How many of these memories are on target I don’t know. I would love to see how it’s changed though! Ps. If anyone remembers anything .. please contact me ! I. On Facebook as Carrie Anne ( wearing a corset and funny little hat at a charity auction) or Carrie Savage. Mom passed on Sept and Dad a couple years ago.. but I still talk to Mary and Lo sometimes and my sisters should remember a tiny bit… maybe! Again, I’m curious changes since I guess it’s now a big fishing resort and lots of people come to snorkel off of the reef? I don’t read about the whites or the huge fish I remember as a kid! Well, the sharks I never saw but just heard the adults talk about, except the one out neighbor caught! I do remember lots of little tiger sharks and huge sea turtles though!

Don

Monday 26th of February 2024

@Brittany,

Hey there! I was in the USAF stationed down at Learmonth Solar Observatory, about 20 miles or so South of Exmouth. The site is/was over in the dunes on the Gulf side of the Cape, across 'The Road' (Minilya-Exmouth Rd) West of RAAF Learmonth. I was stationed there twice, 1982-1984 and 1988-1990. My wife and I loved it! During the first tour, I remember the Navy ship would dock at the Navy Pier once a month or so and offload supplies for the base. If we US families didn't get to the base commissary and the Navy Exchange within a couple of days, out of luck! We used to shop in town for the baby's 'nappies', vegs, etc. I remember the Shell Shop on the South side of town, and a small place that would serve up the best fish and chips we ever had! Had my first taste of blacktip shark there. Excellent! I think I also had whitetip shark there as well. Housing was really awesome. You'd have an Aussie neighbor family on one side, and a Yank family on the other side. We lived on Falls St, had one phone booth along the sidewalk nearby, no phone in the house. Had one, maybe 2, TV stations. We learned to enjoy Doctor Who, only show I recall. 'Neighbours' TV show didn't come along until my second tour on The Cape. I think there was one radio station we could pick up, maybe from Carnarvon. In those years, The Cape was really remote and not yet a BIG tourist destination. The Exmouth Caravan Park, Potshot Inn, and Norcape Lodge all seemed to do steady business. There were parties every Friday and Sat nights at someones' house in town, Yanks and Aussies mingling and having a heluva good ol' time. I saved different Emu and Swan tinnies from Swan Brewing, proudly display them now in my Man Cave! Also have an old 1960s North West Aerated Waters glass bottle that we found at the tip in Exmouth. My second tour saw more tourists to The Cape, but it was still a wonderful little town to live in. Weekly USAF C-141 cargo planes replaced the ship arrivals, bringing in official parts and supplies for the Navy base and the observatory, and resupply for the NEX and commissary. We guys at the observatory could stand out on the site and watch the C-141 circle and land over at RAAF Learmonth/Exmouth Airport just across The Road a couple miles West of us. We AF techs would depart the site a bit early on Thursdays, drive our Commonwealth vehicle to the Navy Supply building to pick up whatever came in on the plane for us. I remember one Friday the Navy base sponsored a flight up from Perth carrying a TON of McD's or Burger King burgers & chips and stuff for the base and town residents! Everyone who wanted something got their orders and money into the base a week or so ahead of the BIG DAY! Good times, I'll tell ya! One time when it was my turn to drive the vehicle around town to pick up the 4 of us techs before heading into work, on The Road down to Learmonth a Roo jumped out in front of me. I saw him aside the road and managed to slow down to about 25 clicks when he made his jump. The vehicle had a fiberglass Roo Bar on the front and we just pushed the boomer over onto the road. Looked in the rearview mirror and saw him get up and bound off into the spinifex. No damage to roo or car. We couldn't find hide nor hair of him, he was long gone! Another time on the way into work, we came up on a massacre in the road. Apparently a Road Train came up on a herd of wild Cape brumbies (horses). Must have been 6 or 8 of them, blood and carcasses all over the road. Train probably came up on them in the dark of night, couldn't have avoided the massacre. My wife and I took a holiday down to Shark Bay and Carnarvon once. Driving back into Carnarvon in the dark on the outskirts of town, we came up on a huge horned cow standing smack dab in the middle of the road. No worries tho, living in the Outback learned me to drive slow. Just found this site today, love the memories from folks! Brought back a lot of my memories. I tend to get a bit long-winded, tho. Sorry, mate! Thanks!

Brittany

Sunday 18th of February 2024

Thanks so much for sharing your memories, Carrie!

Dennis

Saturday 16th of December 2023

I was in the US Navy when the US Navel Communication Station was commissioned in 1967 for 18 months with the Seabees and after that I was sent to Vietnam for shore duty in Danang and Saigon. Australia was quite rural at that time. The temperature was extremely hot, constantly, up to 130 degrees. My fellow sailors had nicnamed it the azz0 of the World. The fishing was fantastic because it was untapped.

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Brittany

Wednesday 20th of December 2023

130°?! That's so hot!! Thanks so much for sharing your story, Dennis!

Tim Venneman

Friday 9th of September 2022

Sorry for the duplication in my comments. I forgot that I sent a comment in earlier. Guess it comes with age.

God bless ya’ll for the comments and photos!

Tim Venneman

Friday 9th of September 2022

I was stationed on HEH from 1972 for 18 month tour of duty. I worked at the VLF transmitting station. Norman Hollingsworth was are maintenance man. He was a jack of all trades. An awesome individual and a wonderful friend to all who knew him. His wife Mary worked the snack bar serving burgers etc. Although she had too lovely daughters, She was our loving mother while away from home. When I first arrived it was prohibited to enter the ocean due to all the dangerous marine life. But moral was so low they finally withdrew the order and we started smirking, diving, and spear fishing. Tom Coleman a local Australian taught scuba diving. He was incredible and just like all the other “Aussies” a great friend. He coordinated a trip to the Australian underwater diving Olympics for a few of us to enter the competition representing HEH. My diving buddies won Gold metal in the underwater obstacle course (Robert Mederios and Tom Balstad). Exmouth, pot shot inn and the local Australians were wonderful and friendly. We would go there after a midnight watch and have breakfast… oozo and coke or swan laugher along with our breakfast. Oh to be young again and do it all over. I still dream of those beautiful night skies and wonderful people. May God keep it a wonderful happy place and bless all the lucky people of Exmouth! Sincerely, Tim Venneman

Brian Moore

Friday 31st of December 2021

Brian Moore here....I lived in Exmouth from 1973 - 1978 and was in 4th to 8th grade. My parents were Dan and Fran Moore... and I had two sisteers, Tricia and Jenny .My dad is the one in the minuteman costume in two of your pictures and I see another girl with a Cape Association Swim Club jacket, of which I use to have as I was in that swim club. So miss the best years of my life and now watch a youtube channel called Youngbloods that shows a lot of the water and surrounding areas. I would love to be in contact with anyone that knew us as I have just loaded all my dads pics from Austrialia to Google photos and I can share. Also, if someone knows of other sites that are from school kids during that time, let me know and would love to reconnte. Amazing seeing the names of those I remember as a kid....Craig Johnson, Darly Desilva, Matt CLive, Joel Narcisco, Liam Lemmon, Lars Jacobsen, Karen Green, Tracey Cook, David Roots.......and on...

Tim Venneman

Tuesday 6th of September 2022

@Brittany,

I was in Exmouth from 1970-1972. I was 18 yrs old and worked VLF transmitter as radioman operator. My heart was captivated by the beauty and the great Australian men and women. My memories there’s are precious to me. The fishing was great it you got the Captain’s Boat to take out.

Originally they (USN) prohibited swimming or diving into that magnificent ocean ( even though we sneak off base and skinny dip past the sand dooms. Finally they allowed us to enter the water after receiving training on the dangers of exotic sea creatures. A wonderful man named Tom Coleman taught us snorting and scuba diving. He was a awesome man! Eventually his training allowed a few of us to complete in the Australian scuba diving Olympics where my two best friends won gold metals in the underwater obstacle course. Great times and memories.

In addition to Tom Colman; two of the most outstanding people I met was Norm and Mary Hollingsworth. Norm was our jack of all trades and also ran maintenance for our heat exchangers and power plant. They had two beautiful girls ( Fiona and. ??). Mary ran the “greasy spoon’ ( restaurant on base).I think she adopted all of us as her “boys”. No greater love could you receive from her and Norm. Although you get used to the flies after a while they sure were a surprise at first and the pink cockatoos were as breathtaking as the surrounding ocean. I still miss those starry nights. Thank you and and your wonderful community for kindness and friendship and bless you to whomever helps to bring back lovely times and memories like these. Sincerely Tim Venneman

Brittany

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Thanks so much for sharing your story, Brian!