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there was some sort of a welcome in store – on coming up on deck I hear the Engineer – a true Scotchman chaffing the boys "What do you think of this & your Australia now" Don't bite said one of the boys – Australias ours and it'll do us. We'll get off after the Medical Officer has done his inspection – A little later that is completed - a farce really – the Diggers line up – display their hands & are dismissed – I missed seeing the troops – but our turn comes & we do the same – then a roumour "Were a clean ship so theres a hope of going

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