While I was in Sydney last week i not only visited a house where I used to live in 1963 but I also visited "The Australian School of Pacific Administration" (ASOPA) where I studied to be a teacher for Papua new Guinea in 1962/3. Back then, the school was a collection of old buildings that had been used as an army training centre during the second world war. But, it was situated on the most scenic bit of land on Middle Head jutting out into Sydney Harbour/Port Jackson.
|ASOPA in the 60's|
I took this shot of the first few buildings of the school in 1962.
Last week when I visited the old school it had been renovated and turned into a business park. This sign greeted us in the car park giving a map and list of businesses. It was so good to see the place had been brought back to life. The buildings seemed to have more glass, covered walkways and lovely gardens. Better than when I was studying there.
I took this photo from about the same place as those above but the gardens hid the buildings.
So I walked behind the trees to try and capture a shot to compare with my 1962 shot. (The second one from the top)
I think this was the Library or the Admin block in the 60's.
The same block today.
None of these fancy walkways and nice gardens when we were there.
This was our rec room and canteen. In summer we would sit outside on the lawns to eat lunch and look at the beautiful view.
The view from the lawn in the 60's
My daughter Carol came with Bill and me.
Carol looking towards Sydney CBD.
This is looking the other way towards the Sydney Heads with the famous Manly Ferry on its way across the heads to Manly. (A great trip if you are ever in Sydney)
It was a lovely trip down memory lane.