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Legends of Myself 57

January 15, 2013


Continued from Legends of Myself 56 57.  Port Essington, 1958-59:  A Picture on the Schoolhouse Steps Some final images of Spaksuut: Packages of bluing above the washing machine, to make bedsheets cleaner than clean, 1950s fashion. Penny loafers with pennies in them. Gelatine capsules of cod liver oil, a little nutritional redundancy on top of a […]

Legends of Myself 56

January 10, 2013


Continued from Legends of Myself 55 Port Essington, 1958-59:  Putt-Putts, Smoke Signals In 1958-59, my Uncle Gus’ fishing boat was powered by a 10 Easthope engine.  It was archaic technology even for 1958, and I believe he had traded up to a different boat with a more modern engine by the following season.  Most Indigenous people […]

Legends of Myself 53

January 2, 2013


Continued from Legends of Myself 52 53.  Port Essington, 1958-59:  Pipes, Inkwells and Old Tom The school in Port Essington was back of the boardwalk known as Lansdowne Street, perhaps a hundred yards from Gus and Irene’s house, hardly more.  That meant it must have stood in front of the same hill, also behind our house, […]

Legends of Myself 52

December 28, 2012


Continued from Legends of Myself 51 52.  Port Essington, 1958:  Christmas When Christmastime came, with snow on the boardwalks and holidays in the offing, the school put on a Christmas show.  I have a sense of an enlarged audience in our little schoolroom.  I suppose parents and community members were invited too, a necessity with such […]

Winkle on the Ice by Charles Dickens

December 18, 2012


I read Oliver Twist in 1962, half a century ago, but my first introduction to Dickens was in my grade three classroom in Port Essington, 1958-59.  The following passage, taken from The Pickwick Papers, was that introduction, which was reprinted in my grade three reader.  Some of the language seems a little advanced for 8-year-olds.  […]

Legends of Myself 49

September 6, 2012


Continued from Legends of Myself 48 Port Essington, 1958:  Playground Essington, Pt. 1 My cousins Arthur and Reynold remembered my previous stay in Spaksuut, although I had no recollection of their being there at all, or their being left behind.  They gleefully described to me, quite soon after I arrived back amongst them, about how last […]

Legends of Myself 48

September 1, 2012


Continued from Legends of Myself 47 48. Port Essington, 1958:  The Sledding Hill Although my earliest memories are of Essington, the time I came to know my home village best was in 1958 and ‘59, when I went to live there with Uncle Gus, Auntie Irene, and my cousins.  I was not to get a later […]

Legends of Myself 47

August 10, 2012


Continued from Legends of Myself 46 47.  Prince Rupert, 1958:  Candy George No More But before Tat departs for Spaksuut, there is one story yet to tell about Candy George. Now how Candy George came to be, I couldn’t know.  Old Pop took on that name and role sometime after I departed to Vancouver, and somewhat […]

Legends of Myself 45

May 11, 2012


Continued from Legends of Myself 44 45.  Prince Rupert, 1958:  Sunday School and Firecrackers I lived in my grandfather’s rooms until October of 1958.  I have no recollection of attending school in Prince Rupert in September or October, and I suspect a visit and proposal from my Uncle Gus around about the end of summer or […]

Legends of Myself 42

March 29, 2012


Continued from Legends of Myself 41 42.  Prince Rupert, 1958:  The Pony Express and the Art of the Slow Dodge In what is beginning to look like a theme, in 1958 I still don’t remember the rain in Prince Rupert, no more than during my previous stay.  In a place that styles itself “the City of […]