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children, most on the first holi- day in their lives, arrived at the Minis- tering Children's League Cottage by the Sea at Queens- cliff yesterday.
Some didn't eve"
have a pair of bathers, hut that wasn't a worrying obstacle.
Tiny Robert McLean, of Nandaly, and his sister Carol thought someone would per- haps lend them a pair each.
They were well chap- eroned by elder sister Valerie (13). who wn.s dyinc Lo wear her new bathers.
9 The first step on her first holiday was taken yesterday by eight-year old Valerie Gellatly, when she entered the special bus which took dozens of happy children to the Cot- tage by the Sea, Queens-
$ Janice Smith, of Bairns- dale (left), and Carol
McLean, prepare to leave' Melbourne for the Minis- tering Children's League Cottage by the Sea,
Among the children who anived in Melbourne from Mildura yestcrdav morning were 11-year-olds Jov Gil lihon and Camelia Ahgee.
Others nearer home were Valerie Gellatlv. of Merlynston, and Jimmy Patten, of Carlton.
All the children, except those from Bendigo and Ballarat, met for a partv luncheon in town before going to the sea.
And one of the busiest men for the dav was a Collins st. lift driver who drove up and down, up and down, taking dozens of excited tots for the first lift ride they'd ever had.
But Christmas promises
the best treat of all for the children. when Queenscliff Fire Brigade comes to the Cottage by the Sea on Christmas Day.
A ladder will be run up to one of the highest windows, a fireman will clamber up. come down again dressed as Santa Claus himself - and then distribute toys.