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Notable Downham Residents (past and present!) / David Bowie
« on: January 11, 2016, 01:35:40 PM »
Sad news with the lost of David (Jones) Bowie, Ex Downham Boy, went to Burnt Ash School, On our local TV News, it was stated,  he came from a very rough part of London? He lived in Brixton to the age of 6 years with his family, they moved to our neck of the woods,my family came from Camberwell & Southwark  a lot of us came from the older parts of South London & moved to the Downham Estate.  I would have left Burnt Ash by the time David attended (4 Years younger than me) he will be missed.

General Discussion / Frank Fraser
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:32:41 AM »
This Obituaries turn up in the West Australia 12.12.2014 of Frank Fraser, one of the well know South London gangster,who had ties in our area in the 60s one being the Catford Club, just up from Pets corner same side. Also he was tied up with the "Kray" twins and the Great Train Robbers, quite a story he was not a very nice person, We always gave the Catford club a very big miss, always knew that it was not a good place for teenage's like us at the time. Always remember being pull over by the police for an unlicensed car and being ask if I knew of the people who use to run the Catford Club.the story came from c.Telegraph Group Ltd (2014) UK?

General Discussion / Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
« on: December 13, 2014, 01:21:21 PM »
Merry Xmas and a great New Year, to all Downham people from down under. regards Frank H

Notable Downham Residents (past and present!) / David Bowie etc
« on: December 04, 2013, 08:52:18 AM »
Sixtieschick, have a look at "Notable Downhamites", David Lines Posts, on this forum, you will find some more, if interested. Regards Frank.

General Discussion / Merry Christmas
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:56:16 AM »
Hi, back home after our travels 17000kms plus a round trip on the Tasmania Ferry of 900kms all in all, a great trip. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a great new year. Frank

General Discussion / Floods & Heat
« on: March 09, 2012, 04:41:57 AM »
How the floods treating you Brenda, we are the opposite again, with the heat around the 38/39 mark till Tuesday coming, the air conditioner as had a good run, but out Sola Panel's are keeping the bills away. Hows Downhan weather these days.

General Discussion / Merry Christmas
« on: December 09, 2011, 08:22:43 AM »
Hi All,
             Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Regards Frank H.

General Discussion / How did you get to work - School
« on: October 09, 2011, 06:22:16 AM »
Well I used to walk to school Burnt Ash school it was and still is at the end of Keedonwood road as far as I know and Rangefield was just around the corner, not sure why my parents change me to Burnt Ash it was further to go, my brother and sisters went to Rangefield ? Then to Durham Hill that was walk again , not to hard just up past the church SB and up Durham Hill to school. my first job was with Brownie the Green grocer who picked me up. I then went to work for Revelle Newspapers at  Waterloo, a 141 or 69A to Grove Park Station then train to Waterloo Station and a short walk to Stamford Street Fog, Ice, Snow, and of course a interesting year the St Johns rail crash and me changing my style Tony Curtis hair cut tapered Trousers much to my parents disgust  the start of the Rock & Roll Times. Started a trainee ship with Toolies of Leegreen (Motor Cycles a Velo and Item Dealer)  that was a push bike job or Bus when the weather was bad, Then at 16 I got my self a Motor cycle (Rocker) Then my first car was a Ford Y with running boards. When I came out of the Army I moved to Catford and a mini/Triumph Harald/ MG Magnet/Ford Van was my transport

General Discussion / Snow
« on: December 04, 2010, 12:19:28 AM »
I dont think its climate change, I think its going back to what it use to be, getting some great coverage of your snowbound country, dont miss that of the old country(snow and cold) sorry to say we had 30 plus the pass week.

General Discussion / Ancestry
« on: September 05, 2010, 05:07:32 AM »
Downham was built around the 1920 and families came from all over the place, my wife is right into this Ancestry stuff and my side of the family lived on the Downham estate in the late 20s early 30s, my mum and dad meet in Downham in their teens, mum in Verdent Lane and Dad at 225 Downham Way. Before that they lived in Lamberth. St Georges Road, Southwark and some in Whitechaple, both mum and Dads lot lived in them areas in the late 1800s. Mums family(Collinsons) came from Kent, Isle of Sheppy then moved to London. and her father (my Grandfather) was in the beer making, working for "Watneys" and was in France in WW1 riding a horse towing a RA gun. He use to tell me stories about his time in France. My Dads father (Hutchison) was killed  on the Thames who was a lighterman in 1922 after an accident and gran remarried a Taylor who I thought was my Grandfather. My Dads Lot came From Leth near Edinburgh in the early 1800s and my G,G,G, grandfather was the founder of the Boys Own Mag, being in the printing game, and also a strict church wanted a message to go to these wayward Kids (what happen to me?) interesting stuff

General Discussion / whats are ex downham pats doing
« on: July 09, 2010, 03:48:58 AM »
Well its been a bit quite on the site. we in Oz are into our winter, we have had one of our coldest winters and a very dry June. Well July is off to a good start with a good amount of rain and quite stormy. I been busy as you do, when retired, doing a couple of days a week volunteer work with group called "Men of the Trees" it a replanting org. its run by volunteers and we work in a very large nursery, its some thing I never been interested in, but its great, no pressures. I gave up my work with driving the sick and old to hospital etc, when you volunteer in should not be 10 hours a day and up to 5 days a week, too stressfull. We are still into caravaning and 4x4 and looking forward to spring and summer. Jan's Dad is 90 and is very sick, so its trips to Perth for hospital appointments. We have just revamped our bathroom so its been fun showering in a large bucket. just like old times. In resent times I have found out, a old mate (motor cycles)who lived on the Flower House estate, who also lives in Rockingham, his wife went to  Churchdown girls school (small world). This might get things moving. Watching the Tour De France great weather over their. Frank H

General Discussion / Wot! No Planes
« on: April 16, 2010, 02:15:15 PM »
I bet it seems quite, with no aircraft flying overhead, I remember my last trip to the UK, I could not get over the constant aircraft overhead. We don't have too much problem in Rockingham only the odd small aircraft and of course the navy base when the are having exercises with the RAAF and not forgetting the police chopper which fly's over just when you are nodding off. Make the most of the quite airways

General Discussion / Navy
« on: November 27, 2009, 07:29:58 AM »
Dickie, had a great trip over to the navy base Garden Island HMAS Stirling with a bus load of Oldies, which is only a few kms away, a couple of Collins Subs and a couple of patrol boats and a nice little museum with stories of Oz in counters over the years. The Island is an interesting place with a 3 to 5 km causeway to enter and "Tamar's" which is a marsupial  every were, so are the tiger and Python snakes which are common, stops people walking around the place. The Island is not closed to the public and you can go ashore by boat in day light hours only all the Navy grounds are guarded well and out of bounds. They do have an open day every year and conducted tours can be arranged.

General Discussion / Meeting People
« on: November 27, 2009, 01:40:23 AM »
Since retiring some 2 years ago I have been doing a couple of days a week driving as a volunteer(Buses and cars) taking the oldies and health problem people to Hospitals, Doctors, and shopping. I can do up to 400 Kms per day keeps me busy. The people I meet come from all walks of life and when I meet an old local (which I do) from the Downham/Catford/Bromley etc its full on for the trip. The stories are magic and keeps me sane driving all over the Met with some of our bad Drivers. Of course a lot of these people have been dealt with some harsh health and other problems. Our system for the oldies, are great I work for "Care Options" who look after all these people with Garden, House, and transport needs and only charge a min fee ( and I mean Min Fee) of course all the drivers are volunteers which keeps cost down, and govt backed. its a great way of meeting people and catching up with some town/countrymen and women. We are about 50kms from Perth  and Rockingham is full of English (poms) and pick the south London people the minute they speak so a few trips up and down from the city hospitals makes good talking times, some how I don't get bored

General Discussion / weather
« on: November 27, 2009, 01:14:20 AM »
Well Summer just around the corner and the Oz (WA) weather is just perfect at the moment 24 to 29 and the odd 30 plus, if we are getting like the rest of the world with crime etc, we can still plan weeks ahead with our great weather, (mind you I think we are still the lucky country with more plus's than other western countries, its only luck where you are born) yes we do have some 40 plus days but the air cons are a must. and would put up with that than being cold.

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