Thanks to Louis Watkins for
sending these photos in from his time in Singapore. Lou was in
Singapore from May 1965 to July 1968. First attending Bourne
School then in September 1966 St. John's.
Our house in the Naval Base opposite the Dockyard
swimming pool, tennis courts & football pitch
This was captioned " View from Dockyard Club" and
would appear to be the view looking south.
This was the view from our house looking across to the
Dockyard Swimming Pool.
A picture which was passed to me by a friend,
taken in the late 50's or early 60's in the Naval Base, we think this
may have been the single men's quarters for unaccompanied chargemen
This photo was not labelled, but we think it may be
Falkland Road in the Naval Base, but if anyone can identify it, let me
View looking across to King George V Dry Dock in the
Dockyard, and in the background you can just make out the Aerials of the
The Royal Naval Base Theatre Club - production 'Laughter
in the Dark'
Dockyard Players backstage crew for the production of
"Laughter in the Dark"
Dockyard Players actors for the production of "Laughter
in the Dark"
Cast of "Laughter in the Dark" taking their curtain call.
Play in progress (Dress rehearsal night)
This photo relates to an article from the Summit Magazine
which appears on St.
Johns 3 webpage. I was one of the party on that trip.
The Loco directly ahead of the camera is, I think 564.04
the ill fated loco mentioned in the article.
Branch train arriving at Gemas from the east coast, tall
lad on the right is probably Geoff Cox, as it certainly isn't
Mick Ellison or Ian Hughes
The St. John's Railway Club layout at the school Open Day
in 1968, the only person I can positively I.D. is Andrew Cole who is at
the back right in shorts.
Another photo of the
layout can be seen
on St. Johns School Boarders webpage.
The Mad Dockyardies abroad, celebrating Oggy Night at the
Dockyard Social club, not all of them were from Devonport (They received
temporary West Country passports for the night!)
explanation of Oggy Night
Further information on the
The Oggy Night version of a Maypole Dance. The fan
the ribbons were attached to was never quite the same again.
& officials (in smocks, gaiters & straw hats, NO BIAS) leaving the pitch at the end of the “Devon & Cornwall XI versus The World XI” Oggie match, all part of the Oggie night celebrations.
Bishop Oggie handing out the after match medals ( Pasties)
Oggy night blessing
Bishop Oggie & his disciples blessing the Oggie before the evening meal commenced.
The Invitation card for the combined Farewell Party
for a whole group of Dockyardies including the parents of me, Julie
Sugrue, and Anna Googan.
A group of school kids who stayed on to take O & A
levels in May/June 1968, The only people I can positively I.D. in the
photo are far right Steve Edgecombe, third from right Anna
Googan, fifth from right (boy side on) Cliff Andrews, plus
far left a chap called Fred who was at RAF Changi School.
The number of bottles on the table explain the quality of the photo.
Achille Lauro 1968
The Carnaby Street night party on board the Achille, August 1968
Achille Lauro 1968
Achille Lauro, August 1968. Winning fancy dress group. We were
red indians from the blackfoot tribe. Left to Right. Steve
Edgecumbe, unknown, me, Fred, Cliff Andrews.
The ship that was diverted from its normal Australia -
Italy run to pick up a large contingent of Brit Families returning to
the U.K. after exams on 30th July 1968 which left from the Liner Pier in
the docks at Singapore. (not the location of this Lauro Line publicity
My mother writing the
inventory of what possessions were going in which packing crate as the packers wrapped everything up in June 1968.
A familiar site to many of us waving farewell to
friends & loved ones at the quayside in Singapore Docks ("Godown 44"
rings a bell as the jetty for liners, anybody remember?) This is
the Oronsay in March/April 1967, which was en-route from New Zealand to
the U.K. I cannot remember why there was a film crew on the
The best shot of the Oronsay I could get in the days
before wide angle lenses.
A line up of dockyard wives dated 18 September 1967 taken
by T K Lee of Lee Photo Studio, Admiralty Road West, HM Naval Base
Maria Googan (left) at the
naval base club, poss aka the Britannia club?
Shot taken from back of Changi beach looking across the Padang.
Ice cream tricycle
Push bike ice cream salesman in Tank Road on the day of the Thaipusam procession.
View from our bungalow in Jalan Kemuning looking across to what I think was the Pover’s bungalow (Leslie Pover their daughter sculpted the new Nelson Trafalgar 200 statue in Portsmouth)
My mother took
this photo of the jewellery sellers somewhere down in Singapore town.
Kota Tinggi tin mine
This is a view looking south away from the falls towards the tin mine, showing the draw off leat apparently running uphill to the mine workings.
Rain stopped play after an hour of monsoon rain taken from our house in Wellington Road, of the dockyard football pitch under water.
Tiger & mickey
Our tomcat Tiger & Anna Googan’s female cat Mickey enjoying the sun, possibly after creating the kittens that Mickey had.
View across to the Dockyard swimming pool taken at the same time as the football pitch floods showing how the drains couldn’t cope.
View of St. John's
photo of Maria Googan with their cook Amah outside their home in
109 Wellington Road, Singapore 27.