My father joined the AIF (Australian Infantry Forces) in August 1941, two months after his 20th birthday. He had wanted to join the Navy but his own father's permission was required and that was never going to be forthcoming. The excitement in the car rose as we drove along the road, with Dad telling out loud the things he remembered used to be here or used to be there. As we curved the slope down to HMAS Penguin on the left he turned over me to point out the large sandstone-verandahed house that used to house the officers. It was still there. As was the flat area of land on the turn-off down to Chowder Bay where he and his fellows used to wash their army trucks.
The huts along Middle Head Road are now dilapidated but Dad knows he was in Hut C and we figured that to be the third hut from the left (closer to the Heads). I will go hunt through Dad's photos from that time and see if I can come up with some more information for Diane, who also trained at this same location but some 20 years after my father.
I will go find those photos now as I am going down the road for a chat with Laurie this afternoon and I will try to get him to name the chaps in the photos.