29.10.1966 - 03.11.1966
From a letter home dated Thursday 3-11-1966
We will be arriving in Sydney by Qantas, Flight No. QF732, at 6.50am, on Thursday 17th Nov. So that is just two weeks from today. It is quite early in the morning, but apparently all flights on that route get in around that time, so there is no other option. We had a little trouble getting a booking as this is apparently quite a hectic time of the year and most flights coming through from Europe arrive in Singapore already full. We would have preferred to leave on the 18th, a Friday, so as to arrive on a Saturday morning, but no seats were available except on the one we finally booked. It is a 7 hour non-stop flight in a Boeing 707, and will probably be pretty exhausting.
So far we are having a great time in Malaya. We took the train from Bangkok last Saturday for the 24 hour journey and arrived at Alor Star, capital of Kedah State, the following afternoon. We got off there because the mother of one of the Malayan boys we toured the Continent with lives there. She doesn’t speak English, but the house was full of student teachers who board with her, so they showed us all over. We stayed for two nights and then took the bus on to Penang, only a short journey of two hours. We arrived at Butterworth on the mainland, where the big Australian airbase is, and then got the ferry across to Penang, which is an island. Here we are staying with another relative of our friend in England and are enjoying fine hospitality. Penang is a duty free port, like Singapore, so I have been checking into the price of slide projectors here so that I know what I can expect to pay in Singapore. If I get a good one, and there is no point in getting one at all unless I do, I expect to pay about $130 Malayan, which is about $40 Australian. I might try a little lower, as I don’t want all the automatic gadgets particularly - the lens is the important thing. Anyway, I work out that I have a top limit of about $40 to spend on it so I should be able to get a fair enough one for that.
Love to you all, John
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George Town, Penang
Making new friends
Uh Oh! Look what's coming
Between Penang and the mainland
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