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News has been received from Australia that David Dickinson (3rd from left) passed away on Friday 15 September. He was in his early eighties and had been suffering from cancer. David joined the Orient Line as an Assistant Purser in the 1950’s and sailed in Otranto and Orontes. He then left the sea and moved to Australia where he worked in the Orient Line (later P&O-Orient Lines) Passenger Booking Offices in Melbourne and Sydney. He was also involved with the opening of the P&O-Orient Lines Office in Canberra ACT. He then took a senior position with Apex Travel for a number of years, before leaving to run the Post Office and General Stores on Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River in NSW. More recently, he and his wife had moved to Port Fairy in Victoria where they ran a Café. There will be no funeral but, after cremation, his ashes will be scatted at sea off the coast of Victoria.
I have never met David but have been corresponding with him for quite some time and I knew he was sick but he always sounded cheery in his emails and the last thing he said to me was when you are down this way pop in and that was only a couple of months ago.
Now unfortunately I wont have the chance to see him and I'm deeply saddened by his passing.
Where are you from: Bonbeach , Victoria formerly Devon,UK
Well I knew him well and met with him often when he lived in Sydney and later when he managed the Post Office and General Store on Dangar Island at the entrance to the Hawkesbury River. As Captain of the river cruise ship Lady Hawkesbury I would often anchor for the night close to Dangar Island so I could pay him a visit.
A lovely man who had much to do with the expansion of P&O Australia passenger services.
Also his many stories of life in the Orient Line in the late fifties.
His posts to this forum will be missed.