||16 years 3 months
||8th October 1966
||Leeuwin, Sydney, Penguin, Melbourne, Cerberus, Watson,
Anzac, Creswell, Nirimba, Derwent, Albatross, Vampire, Waterhen, Kuttabul,
Adroit, Coonawarra, Stalwart, Encounter
||I did my fair share of "chooks" before and after
the wheel but all in all I have relatively few regrets. I guess I
have mellowed over the last 10 years. They were 20 sometimes rough
but still good years, I have many wonderful memories.
||Operate a taxi in Adelaide
My Leeuwin memories are mostly funny to me now but not always so at the
time. I will now say that I know who did the burn outs on the sports
fields in the dead of night with a " borrowed " vehicle and
despite the intensive grilling by the Master At Arms finest goons nobody
squealed then and I am not going to now. That and many other
unsolved crimes will go to the grave with me. I did have the
pleasure of catching up with "Blue" McDonald shortly before he
died. And of course crossed paths with some of you from time to
Well how do you follow a class act like keeping the sea lanes open and
holding back the threatening hordes for 20 years.
After I paid off, I became a private investigator and started my own
security company. I continued to study and this enabled me to set up
some other companies involving Import / Export, Financial Adviser and
Licensed Securities Dealer, a small trucking operation, Defence Housing
Maintenance Contractor, Agricultural Contractor. I have dabbled
with Real Estate and the Stock Market and set up the first 'Dial A
Chinese' Franchise in Australia and managed a business in Western
Australia involved with the export of live Crayfish to Asia.
Along the way though I worked for a Labour Hire Company as the Human
Resources and Training Manager. I set up and ran a separate training
company for them and discovered I liked training people and began doing
some middle management training for a few Adelaide based companies.
A few years ago I realised life is too short and all the stress was not
worth it , I decided to take a break from the rat race and prepare for my
twilight years. So this year I will (if all goes to plan) begin a
new career without the rat race, teaching English overseas. In the
meantime I have sold up and play with my taxi a few days a week just
enjoying life. Old age has not been too unkind to me. I
have one son, 23, with his own family now, his mother and I parted company
some years ago and I have not replaced her with anyone permanent.