I was born in Burnie, on 20th May 1958 into a policing family as Dad was a police officer. By the time I left home in 1976 our family of Mum, Dad, four boys and my sister had lived in nine different homes from King Island to Kingston and everything in between. Life was always changing and as children we never had the luxury of settling into a local school for any length of time. One consistent was being involved in a local faith community, always different, but giving me an understanding of diversity.
It’s interesting that I now find myself at a faith community in Clarence Plains as I started at the Rokeby Police Academy when it first opened in 1976. That kind of seems like a full circle. I stayed with Tasmania Police for nearly 40 years, twenty of those years as Inspector, in charge of a variety of areas, all stimulating, rewarding and interesting. More importantly I didn’t move out of Hobart. I wonder why?
Anne and I were married in 1980. We were at Matric College together in Burnie prior to Anne heading off to Launceston University to complete her Batchelor of Education. We have two adult children, Angus 29, working with Anglicare and Maddie, 26, working as an Interior Architect, both in Hobart.
Having been retired since 2014 life is different, but I regarded it as a new season without the pressure associated with full time work. I enjoy playing golf, travel, travel photography, coffee catchup with anyone, cooking (Anne calls it following a recipe with intent) and keeping my GP happy by going to the gym. As a volunteer, apart from Grace Church, I enjoy driving clients from home to hospital for the Cancer Council of Tasmania and on call with Tasmania Council of Churches Emergency Ministries.
Most recently I was the recipient of a cochlear implant as a result of profound hearing loss, but that’s a story for another day, or a chat over a cup of coffee.