So the term Dohby is an Indian term for wash. And as India was under British Rule for many years, the Royal Navy adopted the term Dohby in reference to a sailors washing. So when the Royal Australian Navy was formed, this phrase was on of the many that automatically transferred across.
Lunch first….with out hostess with the mostess –
our lovely fellow quilter Chief Petty Officer Cath
Laying out the laundry bags… 400 LB fills 8 big blue Ikea bags
Just about ready to go…
The Chief checking that all is good to go….
Ready to hand them out….
And then they started coming… no time for too many photos.. everyone was too busy…
I had met this fellow before at Avalon RSL.. so lovely to see him again and have him come and say hello
Cath ear-marked this awesome bag for her room-mate…
Gail made this fellow’s laundry bag especially after meeting him when she joined the ship for the family cruise.
I had to have a photo with this fellow… an Air Force Air Traffic Controller (remember that is what I used to be a lifetime ago) and my husband and he are friends.
This little lady sent a photo to her mum who forwarded it to her friend, Robyn Wh, who is one of our quilters….
Rachel, in the maroon jacket, was delighted to catch up with her niece who is posted to HMAS Canberra
Jenny was delighted to meet one of the recipients who received one of her laundry bags.
Bec brought her laundry bag up to show me, she had made it before she knew about Aussie Heroes and she is now planning to sew for us when she is not at sea…. She has made some beautiful quilts so I am looking forward to her joining us…
And this fellow… on the 7th of Dec 2012 I posted his quilt to him… he was on HMAS ANZAC, the first ship we looked after and he was the chaplain. The ship returned home on January 26th and still he had not received his quilt or bag. Eventually he received them seven months later after they had toured the country. It only took just over 6 years for me to finally meet him 🙂
And this fellow … Last year I sent a laundry bag to a gorgeous young lady. later she wrote to me and friended me on Facebook. This is her fiance and I recognised him as we were leaving the Pass Office at the entrance to Garden Island. I stopped him and said a quick hello but that was literally all we had time for. I was delighted to see that he was actually on board HMAS Canberra and received one of the bags as well. It is always lovely to meet someone in person … it was a nice surprise.
A panoramic picture of the whole crew and their laundry bags.