Where are you from and give us a little background about you and where you grew up?
Born in Marrickville and lived my early life in and around the Marrickville/Undercliffe areas. Joined the Tempe scouts. I went to Marrickville Public School and the Sydney Technical Boys High School. My main sport was baseball which I played for about 20 seasons.
What did you want to be when you grew up and what did you become?
Like all “young boys” being a Steam Train Driver or a Fireman was the early appeal, my first serious consideration was to join Qantas as a Ground Engineer but, after a suggestion from my father, I decided to go into the motor industry as a motor mechanic. I served an apprenticeship with Dominion Motors and on to become involved in motor racing, preparing a number of different race cars. I then joined the Petroleum Industry as a Fuel & Lubricants Engineer.
How did you come to be involved in the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association?
I saw an article in the Lakes Mail about the Catalina and the volunteer work-contacted Bill Anderson and signed up straight away.
What role do you play in the RCMPA and what are the benefits of belonging to this organisation?
Since joining the restoration team I have been involved with several general tasks but, lately I have been identifying and logging the smaller components onto the asset register prior to cleaning, painting and packing away until required.
My other role is to lead the Base Tours of the old Rathmines Air Base for the Association. Generally there are busloads of between 15 to 40 people on the tour with morning tea and lunch at the Rathmines Bowling Club, which during WWII was the Officers' Mess.
What do you do in your spare time and what are your hobbies?
Since retiring from full time work, I have continued an interest in motor racing and have restored and maintained several historic open-wheel and sports racing cars. I am also involved with “Sailability”, an organisation providing sailing activities for people with disabilities located at Kogarah Bay, Sydney. I also enjoy general sailing activities including organised club racing.
Where is your favourite place to visit, in both Australia and the World?
We enjoy travelling around Australia as there are so many great places to visit, all with their own interesting stories and history. The “world” is a big place, however the Scandinavian countries are spectacular, with a lifestyle similar to our own.