Fly me to the moon.
Adventures with a flying squatter
Culture and Navigation in Cooloola
Hunter or gatherer?
Mt Kosciuszko here we come
Fish and Friends
Around the Monaro
A Call To Arms
Eliza Slept Here
Transport on two wheels
Doing its Job
Private Medicine in Australia
THE REST OF THE WORLD
Of Serpentine and Hyde Park
River of January
Have a Good Day in France - Anywhere.
Azure a Beautiful Colour
A train too far
Animal farms of South Africa
Elizabeth from Scotland
ANECDOTES AND REFLECTIONS
CV- TRUTH PREVAILS PRAVDA VÍTĚZÍ
On arrival in Melbourne in autumn of 1952 I visited the General in order to apply for a job. The General was in fact the General Motors Holden Company, fully owned by the American giant the GMC (just like another American firm that owns Vegemite). In November 1948, a couple of months before arriving on these shores GMH launched its first Australian model - the Holden FX - and it was an instant success. The company offered me a job on the assembly line which I accepted. Very soon they realised that I could be of a greater benefit to them as I was pretty fast at counting numbers of nuts and bolts and placing them in little bags.
I was given a job in the tool store on the afternoon shift. This job represented a real promotion, as I had my own little office with a window through which I dispensed tools to whoever presented me with a requisition. I hardly spent more than 2 hours per day on this task. At that time, I was seriously considering broadening my bookkeeping qualifications, as my Czech Commercial Academy qualification did not seem to carry much weight in Australia. The Hemingway Robertson Institute offered a correspondence course which would take me to a stage of presenting myself for examination by an Accountancy Body. There were a number of Accountancy Institutes then and there was no official tertiary body examining. I took up the Hemingway Robertson course and was supplied with a set of booklets and exercise questionnaires which I found very easy to follow. I was able to pass my Intermediate stage examination with one of the Accountancy bodies – a 2 year course – within 9 months. The exam was held at the St. Kilda Town Hall,
By the time I left Melbourne to return to the Big Smoke, I thought I was ready for such a complex task as reconciling Cash Books in an office, a step not to be taken lightly in Australia. I was asked for some document with a Latin title: Curriculum Vitae, which I diligently compiled by telling prospective employers how well I performed on the assembly line and in tool stores and they all thought that an office job was too difficult a step for me. I came upon a brilliant idea of asking one of my Melbourne friends who had a business name and a printed letterhead to let me have a blank letterhead which I could then fill with some highly fictitious material about the clerical duties I had performed to satisfaction in some non-existent firms.
I got the first job I applied for and was greatly admired for my skill in “jumping” into the middle class by my erstwhile factory mates.
The motto of my country of birth reads:
TRUTH PREVAILS. – PRAVDA VÍTĚZÍ
Had I obeyed these lofty principles I would still be a Nut-Counter, instead of the much more socially elevated Bean Counter.