20 years ago just one month after we had just moved in to our first home, I was driving home from work when I heard on the radio that my husband had lost his job. It was announced on the news because Jeff Kennett had disbanded the Transit Patrol unit. We had been 'Jeffed'. It was gutting for Chris as he had enjoyed this job and had worked his way up to a senior position. There is still a lot of ill feeling about Kennetts actions.
They were not the only Government department that was closed or sold off but may be the only department with over 100 years of history and tradition that became 'defunct'.
So since 1992 every 10 years they get together and remember the work they did and the people they worked with. Chris doesn't talk to me about the distressing parts of the job such as the many suicides and accidents, only colleagues can really understand.
I wonder at the irony of the present government instituting a new department that does almost the same duties that they did back then, making the trains a safe way to travel.