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The HAMNER, in company with her sister ships of Destroyer Division 111, arrived on a good will visit at the Australian port of Brisbane on a cool Thursday, August 2, 1956. DesDiv 111 comprised the first group of American military personnel to visit the city since 1947. Brisbane put forth a heartening welcome for us " Yanks " , and it was truly gratifying to experience such a friendly welcome from our allies from " down under " . We had free city transportaiion, free tours, receptions and parties of every possible description. Some of us visited the Koala Bear Farm at Lone Pine where these cuddlesome little natives of Australia are kept for public view. Then there were visitors and visitors and more visitors. As guests of the Queensland government, DesDiv 111 opened its gangways to the people of Brisbane so that they could have an opportunity to visit an American fighting vessel. And visit they did by the thousands ! At one time, on a pleasant Sunday after- noon, the ship was so crowded with people that it was virtually impossible to move anywhere on the ship. The turnout of visitors was certainly overwhelming. Brisbane is a modern city of over a half-million people. It has some beautiful beach area on what is called the south coast. Some HAMNER men were fortunate enough to be able to visit there. The Australian women are a very attraciive lot, as we found out in very short order. We certainly did enjoy our stay in Brisbane and it will be a long while before we tend to forget the warm welcome offered us by the people " down under " . After five wonderful days in Brisbane, with Brett ' s Wharf covered with well wishers to see us off, and with an Australian Army Band playing, we bid good-bye to a marvelous city and its wonderful people. The date was August 7, 1956, and many a fond memory sailed away with us. It was certainly climatic that, as the HAMNER pulled away from the pier, many men threw their white hats as spontaneous token of their fondness for Brisbane and its people.
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Mr. Jones tussles with a Kangaroo We welcomed visitors
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