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by Luke Bryant

During the 1950's, I served six years part time in the Royal Australian Air Force, while concurrently employed at Kodak Research Laboratories, Australia. This was the period of the Korean War and nuclear testing in Australia; this was also my first connection to security and law enforcement issues. 

In 1951, I had also been appointed to the Honorary Staff of the Museum of Applied Science (Now Museum Victoria) and lectured on Astronomy at Melbourne Astronomical Observatory.

It was foreseeable that as a undeclared gay guy, I would eventually stand against discrimination toward gays as the continuing legal injustice continued, a situation that is a reminder of three noteworthy quotes: 

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Several weeks ago, in my article published in Prime Timers World Wide "Personal Stories" I drew attention to the very unpleasant subject of child molestation. I quoted Dr. A. N. Groth, an American clinical psychologist; she had been asked the following question relating to preadolescent children

"Are they at greater risk of molestation from gay men?" Her report, published in 1982 affirmed, "There is no reason to believe so, research indicates no significant relationship between a homosexual lifestyle and child molestation. Further, "...the adult male who sexually molests young boys is not likely to be homosexual"

However in the real world, when child molestation (Paedophilia) is suspected or known, then reported to the relevant employer, the religion's hierarchy or whoever, the usual response is,

"If that happened, we'll deal with it ourselves."

Following three years of amateur interest in photography, it was the Curator at the Museum's Observatory in 1947 (See Astronomical Connections) that suggested I enter a professional photographic career. On reflection I joined a Portrait Studio in Melbourne Central, as an apprentice until late 1951.

In 1952 I transferred to the newly created Kodak Colour Printing Laboratories, Abbotsford, Victoria. In this area of highly qualified scientific/technical specialists, I gained valuable quality instruction. The attached photo shows me (Far right) next to G. Green, the Laboratory Manager and other laboratory staff.

Now aged 83, I’ve looked to see where my interest in classical music began. There are no family related musicians and unfortunately, my school did not teach music, so probably its most likely the interest developed out of early curiosity about space and astronomy, partly resulting from my childhoods Saturday afternoons at the movie theatre, almost glued to the seat when “Flash Gordon” the weekly serial appeared on the screen, with a sound track of classical music. I did not know the music’s composer, but I set about finding out by attentive radio listening to “serious” music in the late 1930s to discover it was the Franz Liszt, Les Preludes, one of the composer’s symphonic poems.

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