I was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1946, the eldest of 3 children.
I completed year 10 at Woodville High School and then commenced my technical training with the Post Master Generals department.
In 1967 I moved to Western Australia where I worked as a Payroll Officer for a catering firm at the Western Mining Corporation’s single men’s quarters in Kambalda, later becoming Site Clerk for Steel Constructions also in Kambalda (a nickel mining town).
In Easter of that year I went to Esperance to work as the Site Clerk for Concrete Constructions. On completion of the contract in Esperance I moved to Kalgoorlie and commenced working with the Commonwealth Railways as a Guard.
Whilst in Kalgoorlie I also opened a HiFi business which I later sold to one of my business partners.
My next business was in Computer Sales and Service which commenced in 1984 and was sold prior to moving to Gatton, Queensland in 2004. I now do IT consulting through my business, MainLinkIT.
I married Diane in 1976 and we have 2 daughters, a grandson and a granddaughter.
In 1988 I joined the Rotary Club of Boulder (Western Australia) and, at various times, held the positions of President, Bulletin Editor, Club Service Director, International Service Director, Webmaster and participated in the Radio Auction (fundraiser) Committee as IT consultant. The Radio Free Somalia (Radio Galkayo) Project was instigated and completed during my time on the board. I was presented with a PHF by the club in 2001 in recognition of 16 years support and advice on the computerisation of the Radio Auction.
Diane and I were presented with a Service Award by Scouts Australia (WA branch) in 2003 for 25 Years of service to the Radio and Electronics Team as trainers and Jamboree on The Air (JOTA) operators.
When Diane and I moved to Gatton, Queensland we joined the Rotary Club of Gatton & Lockyer (now the Rotary Club of the Lockyer Valley). I was a member of the board most years and at various times held the positions of president, treasurer and webmaster. I also performed the duties of Assistant Governor for 3 years in District 9630.
My hobby is Amateur Radio, and I am Vice President of the Darling Downs Radio Club and the immediate past president (3 years) of the International Fellowship for Rotarians of Amateur Radio (ROAR) as well as their webmaster. www.ifroar.org
In support of RI and the fellowship, Diane and I have attended 3 Rotary International Conventions – Bangkok, Lisbon and Sydney. We also intend to attend the Convention in Seoul.
I have continued to support The Rotary Foundation and am currently a PHF plus 3 sapphires after being presented with a PHF by the Rotary Club of Wynnum and Manly for IT services to the club for some 9 years.