Re: Four local lads 1950s. Do you remember them?
Posted by tom barker on July 10, 2020, 9:52 pm, in reply to "Re: Four local lads 1950s. Do you remember them?"
Hi John W, Regarding did Peter Hope have a brother called Stan indeed he did he had 3 brothers, William, Stanley, I carn,t remember. the other brother he moved to Southampton in the 50s,they were all brought up in Mcintye st in the in the Quay, Bill for many years was first aid man in Reyrolles,my mate Peter emigrated to New Zealand about 1955 worked Builing the Auckland Harbour bridge,crossed over to Sydney in 1959.Peter was a carpenter,he really was self tought,when you think he served his time in Blackies yard opp the GEM in the Quay fixing latches doing mundane jobs out and about the Quay pushing a big 2 wheel builders barrow.Things changed in Sydney he worked for the Government building prefabricated schools in Papua New Guinea.He then after a couple of years came back to Sydney being offered a job on the Sydney Opera House being built he worked on the build for quite a few years working as foreman head carpenter till it was completed in the 1970s,Peter was kept on after completion and would escort world leaders on a tour of the opera house exsplain how it was built.I was in Sydney 2017 watching the cricket [ashes] and went on a tour,whilst showing videos of it being built peter would pop up now and then doing his job,i was so proud of him from serving his time in Blackies yard in the Quay in little old HEBBURN.showing off his skills,mixing with world leaders.sadly Peter came back to hebburn lived with his brother Bill in Prince consort road,and died about 15 years ago in Hebburn.I got married in in Sydney in 1964 Peter was my best man he was true gentleman. happy days tb nice little story. |