Earliest childhood memory?
As a boy, I was quite mischievous and loved to play in the backyard, which often led to my parents chasing me around. My father and grandfather owned a boatshed in Watsons Bay, which is now Doyle’s seafood restaurant, and I spent a lot of my time swimming, diving and playing on the beach.
What was your career like?
I started my career as a printer when I was only 15 years old, using old and original printing techniques. Eventually, I became a tradesman and moved on to work at the Daily Mirror. I even volunteered for the night shift at the Australian newspaper, where I worked on the very first edition of ‘The Australian’ newspaper on July 15, 1964. I was a perfectionist and took great pride in my work. In 1988, I was nominated by my peers at the Australian newspaper to compete in a competition held by NAPP, where I went up against 222 other printing companies for the title of ‘Best Printer in the world.’ I was thrilled to win the category of ‘The World’s Best Printer,’ and The Australian newspaper (News Limited) won the NAPP 1988 ‘Best in the World Print Quality Award’ because of the best quality paper and inks we used. As technology changed, the printing press was eventually shut down, and the newspaper relocated from Kippax Street, Surry Hills to Chullora. My time at News Limited came to an end when I retired in 1994.
What do you consider as your most cherished possession?
My house holds a special place in my heart, as it is where I shared many memories with my wife, Hope, and our children.
What is the most unforgettable moment of your life?
It was the day I married the love of my life, Hope.
What is your favourite hobby or leisure activity?
I always enjoyed swimming and it was one of my favourite childhood pastimes.
What experience stands out as the most significant in your life?
The birth of our first child was an unforgettable and cherished experience.
What advice do you have for future generations?
Always tell the truth and be honest with yourself and others.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of marrying my beloved wife, Hope.
Grilled fish and chips and meat and three veg.
The Kombi that I drove around Australia.
Best place to visit?
Broome. Its beaches are beautiful.
Favourite time of the year or celebration?
New Year’s Eve, as it allows me to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.
Do you have any grandchildren?
I have four grandchildren, three granddaughters and a grandson.
Making model boats.
High Noon, and Gary Cooper is one of my favourite actors. My dad also loved Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, the African Queen, and the Maltese Falcon.
Where would you like to travel to?
I would love to travel around the world and visit America.
Who was the most influential person in your life growing up and why?
My mother was the most influential family member in our household, because she taught us everything and kept our family together.