Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos


sign "BENDIGO Welcomes You" July 1925 Victoria Province train tour "Reso" train for U.S. Navy (photo p 51 #1038)
Forty thousand man United States Fleet made l925 cruise April Hawaii July Samoa-Australia August New Zealand and return via Tahiti-Galapagos.One group went to Sydney, New South Wales, and Auckland, New Zealand. Jack Barrett on the MARBLEHEAD was in the more southerly group that went to Melbourne and toured Victoria province by the "Reso" train visiting Bendigo, pictured here and Ballarat, the famous mining center of fabulous discoveries.The MARBLEHEAD proceded to Hobart, Tasmania, where Jack Barrett and Phil Dahlquist were in a party of about one hundred twenty who saw the interior of Tasmania on a train visit yo Launceston.Hospitality was memorable everywhere.The MARBLEHEAD continued to Wellington and Napier, New Zealand, where Jack's old friend Haskell Anderson was General Motors dealer and telegraphed before Jack arrived,"Motor car at your disposal during stay."Jack had befriended Haskell Anderson around l9l7 when Anderson was en route back to New Zealand via United Statesd after being wounded at Gallipolli, Turkey in World War I.--Melb. Eileen Ham R.N. B. Oddie G nash O H Cuthbert W.H. Burnham G.S. Lloyd W. Roberts W.H. Dando N Menzies R. Bell D. Fitchett B Buckland L. Gleeson P. O'Malley Water Commissioner Nagambie; S. Hartigan 29 July St. Joseph Convent Jephcott, Guppy LAUNCESTON R. J. McIntyre J Cottier J Forrest, Billie, Mr. McCarthy Mrs. Cottrell Gorman E. Maxeme Andrewartha , BALLARAT : Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Vernon 1503 Hurt St. Echuca Mr. & Mrs. Stokes & Mary Stokes Mr. Simmie Shepperton: wild ride Shepperton to Maroopna Mr. Lincoln Maroopna - Boy Scouts, with medal Tatura: Mr. Hasty Bendigo: C.J. Glover. Geelong: Hollis, Newland, Curley drove us in his car. Cooperdown: Walls, snapshot of swan's nest New Zealand: Napier:Anderson, Betty Shillling Shie??. Captain Smith, Snow Clarke, Mrs. Hawke Captain Lochner [from Auckland] O. Morran L. Mellor, Sally Williams, mr. Kenneth Williams, R. P. Hakiwa E.C.S. McFarlane, A.H. Piper J.L. Whitlores, Wellington: Leslie Taverner, Mr. and Mrs. Lancelot Moore Captain J.B. Rainey General Manager Cunard Line, J Barton Rainey Miss M. Flux, Captain A. West Mr. Martin Leckie (Luckie) J.H. Fowler, Robert Arlow, D.E. Grachy, Mr. Kitching, M. Turrell, A. Sheldon, R.I. Jones Algiers: 52 Boulevard Thiers Mr. & Mrs. S.S. Powers, Compagnie Internationale des Machines Agricoles, T. Carlyon's St. Kilda after American Club Drive.! Well, we're still here, leaving the end of this week when Vin will begin the racket of commuting to New York on the first. Your letter of the twelfth was forwarded to us here, taking about a week to arrive here. I have followed with interest despair and shock at the goings-on in Hyde Park but was grateful to read that when the spirit of unrest appeared in a lunch room of four hundred, student leaders calmed the crowd, and no disturbance really erupted. The black problem is so desperately complicated, and poor Boston seems to have ben torn to pieces. I went to school with blacks, white, and European races, and we all got along splendidly - however, each followed his racial mores at home and socially - we all respected the other's background - New York of course is changed in color, for
Subject: Bendigo, Australia}M{
Year: 1925