August, 31 2012
Port Hedland
John Elliott


I was born on September 28th in 1995. I’m originally from Inverness in Scotland and I’ve been living in Port Hedland for three years. I miss the family back home; I never had a say about coming to Australia. The heat was surprising in the first year, but then I got used to it. I’ve just finished Year 12; on a usual school day we’d start at 8.05am and finish at 2.15pm, before the extreme heat hits. Every Monday I have Cadets except school holidays. Now, I’m working at a Chicken Treat in town. I’ll probably spend a few more years up here; there are a lot of apprenticeships happening.

My parent’s jobs took us here – from another rural town, Merredin. My mother is with a mining company and my step Dad works in Mental Health. I’ve got one brother who is 15 years older than me and lives in the United Kingdom, in York. Before I came to Hedland I never thought about going out to the water, but it’s where I feel most at home, the sound of the waves, and the rocking of the boat.

I’ve always wanted to join something different - so I joined TS Pilbara, part of The Australian Navy Cadets (ANC) it’s a voluntary youth organisation sponsored by the Royal Australian Navy. There are about twelve cadets and we joined when we were twelve-and-a-half years old, staying up to nineteen. We do navigation, communications, first aid, drill, maritime history, firearms proficiency and other training. We usually go out on the weekends for boating, depending on the tide, we usually spend the weekend boating. BHP Billiton recently donated a boat.
I like being on the coast and the storms are amazing up here – with the colours, sound, and everything. This is also one of the most multicultural towns I’ve seen.

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