The following day I was given a very lengthy series of tests in maths, English, solving problems, general knowledge and other obscure things like attitudes and ambitions. I quite enjoyed it all. I had done similar tests during my officer cadetship in the British Army. The gentleman at the appointments office was all smiles when I went to see him later. He held out his hand and told me I could start in the engineering design office of the Electricity Trust on Monday. The starting salary was 13 pounds per week. I was early on Monday. The chief engineer took me around the big office to introduce me to everyone. Two of the young lady tracers had heard me mention my new job on the radio and said they wondered what I would be like. Yes, They were all very welcoming and I soon fitted into the drawing office routine, except for one thing. They couldn’t understand why I never stopped working and I couldn’t understand why they needed to have morning and afternoon tea breaks and birthday celebrations. I enjoyed them none-the –less. Soon this came to the chief engineer`s attention. He asked me if I would like to have a month up at the Port Augusta power station site with the cadet engineers. I went up to Port Augusta to seek accommodation two days earlier than the others. It was a small town , booming with workers from this huge project. There was no accommodation available. A fellow in the local hotel suggested I contact a local aboriginal family. He said he knew they had a spare room. Yes they were a good family and I had a roof over my head. My colleagues arriving later had to bed down in two large tents in the camping ground. We all spent a lot of time on the project, climbing over the vast superstructure, watching, making notes and generally keeping busy. It was dusty and dirty work. At the end of the month I caught the train back to Adelaide. It was a long very tiring trip.

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