13. Settled in Melbourne
Rich Horne had settled in Hampton, Melbourne, when he wrote this letter. He made a career as a public servant there and he married Milly. They lived in a house named 'Cocos' . All their children were given the middle name 'Sydney'.
Rich was an orphan from England. His family was his brother, Jim, who was killed in the battlefields of France. His education in the orphanage at that time, cared for by trained staff in the company of his peers, equipped him with literacy and flexible working skills different to those acquired in a family.
All the sailors on the Sydney received a Mexican silver dollar (captured in war) mounted in a silver frame to commemorate the battle of Cocos.