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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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1 of 10  Thu 8th Dec 2016 3:42am  
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Kaga, ten years being a gambler, it's a small wonder you didn't win enough for a house. From what little I know the unions had a lot to answer for in the 60's. We left in the 70's although my hubby was settled in his job (Keelavite Hydraulics, Meriden). Were they taken over by Lucas Hyds? However he landed up working for Lucas here a week after arriving in Perth, moneywise as a hydraulics engineer he never looked back. Thumbs up
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TEKMELF
HAWKESBURY
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2 of 10  Thu 8th Dec 2016 8:23am  
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I was also employed by K.H. from the mid 60's until the late 70's. Prior to the takeover by Lucas it was a family orientated company. Daily, George Keeling would walk through the factory speaking to the workers, most of them he would know by name. Take over by Lucas and the atmosphere changed overnight. O.K. we had new litter bins throughout the factory and new lines painted along the walkways, but the family feeling was gone. Your husband would remember the children's parties and the skittle evenings organised by John Ashfield, the walkabout by Arthur Downes with his Churchillian cigar and the special bus to take the workers to and from Meriden. It was almost a pleasure to go to work.
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Dreamtime
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3 of 10  Thu 8th Dec 2016 9:26am  
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Thanks for that TEKMELF. If only hubby was here now (Tony Shepherd - broke his ankle playing soccer). He got his leg pulled over that one!!!! Phil Roxborough, Fred Pully, little Bob Appleby and Bill, sorry Bill never did know your surname, it was always just Bill. Great cricket on the green too even with a couple of shattered windscreens. My daughter remembers the Christmas parties, I think Bill had a hand with those. The old bus I am surprised it lasted so long. Good days well remembered Wave
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mickw
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4 of 10  Thu 8th Dec 2016 1:24pm  
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My father worked at Keelavite in the stores, his name was Bill Williams. Thumbs up
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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5 of 10  Thu 8th Dec 2016 2:10pm  
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That must be him, mickw, always had a cheeky grin, and the name Williams clinched it. Happy
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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6 of 10  Thu 8th Dec 2016 2:45pm  
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For those who might remember.
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mickw
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7 of 10  Thu 8th Dec 2016 4:29pm  
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That could be my dad in the centre of the photo with the bald head but I can't make out his features when I expand it. Is that the Bill you mention DT? Thumbs up
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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8 of 10  Fri 9th Dec 2016 1:58am  
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There you go then mickw, it could well be Bill Williams. If that is your dad in the photo then I hope it brought a smile to your face. I bet you didn't expect that. Sorry I could not make the photo any clearer but it is an old one. Tony is the one on the left with all the hair on his face!!!!!!!! Wave
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mickw
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9 of 10  Fri 9th Dec 2016 2:51am  
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Hi Dreamtime, have you any idea what year your photo was taken? My dad retired around 73 or 74 Thumbs up
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Derrickarthur
Coventry
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10 of 10  Fri 9th Dec 2016 9:17pm  
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My wife Dyanne worked at Keelavite between 1985 and 1990. She was canteen manageress, mainly for Stone Caterers. She had to leave in 1990 because of severe pre-natal problems. Her main assistant was Cath Baskerville with whom we still keep in touch, if only at Christmas. I remember when Dyanne landed the job, I had to act as co-pilot "6" times on the Sunday evening from her parents house in Keresley to the Keelavite factory and back so she wouldn't be late or get lost on her first day. I was also roped in to man the BBQ a couple of times and to help out on Bonfire night celebrations.
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