Vung Tau ferry, onto Cerberus for SBA course, to Penguin, back to
the Sydney and on to the Hawk and out in 72.
Ran a nightclub in Hobart for about a year and then went to NZ to
dive for abalone. That did not eventuate as nobody told us you
were not allowed to use air (only snorkel). Got another
nightclub up and running and met my wife to be there. Married Janet
and had our first and only daughter (who was serving on the HMAS
Westralia during the fire) and returned to Hobart about 28 years
ago. During all this time (including the navy) I was in rock n
roll bands as lead singer. Worked at a mental institution for
a couple of years with my wife and left in 1977 to have our son
Justin (also serving in the Navy mainly on HMAS Kanimbla) and to do
music full time. With the local success of my rock band DC
TENZ, we decided to tour the mainland and ended up in central NSW
mainly Port MacQuarie for about 2 years before returning to
In 1982 Janet and I leased a pub in Hobart which the band had
been filling for a while and ended up buying the freehold.
During ownership of the Hobart pub we also bought one in the north
east called 'The Pub In The Paddock' in Pyengana and leased that out
for a couple of years.
In ’92 we sold the Hobart pub and went immediately to “The
Paddock” and spent three years operating and restoring that
pub. Sold in May ’95.
Thought we had retired but soon got bored and leased with an
option to purchase another hotel on the west coast at
Rosebery. Didn’t like the place and couldn’t get out of
there quick enough. As soon as our year was up we left to
return to our home in the little country town Pyengana where the
'Pub In The Paddock' is situated.
Thought we had retired ( doing the odd music gig ) but got bored
again and bought a floating restaurant at a nearby coastal town
called St. Helens about three and a half years ago. Run it as
a BYO fresh seafood restaurant catering mainly to the
tourists. Still there.
Still play live music, these days with my wife on piano and me on
guitar and vocals with computer backing (supplying a full band
We are about to redo all the floatation tanks on the restaurant,
changing from steel to plastic and will probably sell soon after to
semi retire AGAIN.
Really can’t see us ever doing much more than our music and
maybe some part time work for someone else if the boredom bug