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Friday, 14 February 2020

A Dinner Party Reunion

They all met for the first time at the Melbourne School of Nursing in 1953. In 1956 after three years of study, they successfully graduated together from The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Associated Hospitals School of Nursing after successfully sitting their final exam on the 29 & 30 June.

Photographer unknown, Catching up with Nursing friends, 1957, Hotel Elizabeth, 321 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria Australia (From left to right: July Todman, June Mark, Barbara Lancomb, Louise Hamilton, Wendy Dolling and Phyllis Walker.) [T316]
Over time they have shared their life journeys with each other. Indelible bonds were formed during those early years of intensive nurse training, that has lasted a lifetime.

Photographer unknown, 50th-year Anniversary lunch at Barb's place, 2003 (From left to right: Barb, Louise, Phyl, Wendy, & Judy) [T344]
There are not many people who can claim to have maintained 50 years of friendship and shared memories based on their early work experiences.

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Monday, 10 February 2020

A thoroughly modern woman Judy and her Vespa

After graduating her midwifery course in the middle of 1958, Judy returned home to Camperdown to work in the local hospital.  Things had changed many of her old friends were now married and some even had children, she no longer felt part of their lives, she was an outsider.
Photographer Unknown, Judy shows off her new Vespa, circa 1957, Camperdown [T338]
Judy was just beginning her adventures, she dreamed of excitement and discovering other worlds, Camperdown couldn’t contain her and after 3½ months she was on her way overseas with her beloved Vespa, feeling like a movie star.



Photographer Unknown, Judy shows off her new Vespa to a Nursing Colleague, circa 1957, Camperdown [T339]

Judy and two friends rode from Melbourne to Sydney to meet the cruise ship. It was a long ride. It was also an opportunity to do a little sightseeing. Judy travelled on her own bike, while the two others share a bike between them.

Photographer Unknown, Stopping for a Break on the Way to Sydney, circa 1957, at Hume Highway, Gundagai, New South Wales, Australia [T341]
Once in Sydney, the bikes were loaded onto the SS Monowai to be offloaded when they all arrived in New Zealand.
Photographer Unknown, Vespas loaded and ready to leave, circa 1987, at Hume Highway,  Gundagai, Wellington, New Zealand [T337]

The trio spent the first month travelling around New Zealand, using their Vespas to get around, before settling into the routine of work and weekend excursions.
On her return back to Australia Judy knew that she would have to eventually sell her travel-weary bike “About your scooter …. Some time in the future you are going to have to spend quite a lot of money on it. The trick is to decide when this will be & sell at a time when you have got the most out of it without cutting it too fine. I can’t say exactly when this would be without a close study of the scooter but it can’t be too far off considering the mileage.”

A thoroughly modern woman – background notes

“Featured in the 1953 Hollywood film Roman Holiday in which Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck zipped past the sights of Rome on the back of a Vespa.” [(Colin Bissett, The world's most stylish motor scooter published Tuesday 5 November 2013 8:58AM, https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/archived/bydesign/5067620  accessed 9 February 2020]

Trailer screenshot Licencing Cropped screenshot of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck from the trailer for the film Roman Holiday, released in 1853. Audrey_Hepburn_and_Gregory_Peck_on_Vespa_in_Roman_Holiday_trailer_(cropped).jpg   [Public domain] accessed 10 February 2020)

1956 'Advertising', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 26 March, p. 10. , viewed 09 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71794186 
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