Stranded in London, Corrimal man, Alfred Lawrence hid in the bunkers of an Australia-bound ship in an anxious effort to find his way home.
Alfred, aged 20, stowed away on the SS Raranga on April 23 1947, hiding in the ship’s bunkers for two days before giving himself up to the crew.
The young Corrimal man was arrested by police on arrival in the Port of Fremantle in Western Australia, where he pleaded guilty to stowing away on the ship when he fronted court.
Alfred Lloyd George Lawrence told the Bench that in London he had visited Australia House to apply for repatriation, but was told he was not eligible because he had served on American ships as a seaman.
The young Aussie then decided to try and work his passage back to Australia, but none of the shipping companies would give him a job. In desperation he hid in the bunkers of the Raranga.
Perth Daily News reported on Friday 13 June 1947 that the magistrate said during sentencing that the Court could not tolerate ‘Rafferty’s rules’ and that there must be some kind of order for repatriation. Lawrence spent seven days in jail as a consequence.