My interest in Antarctica began, learning about Douglas Mawson and Admiral Richard Byrd. After school, I joined the Regular Army and graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea. Stepping foot for the first time in Antarctica as a “Larcie” for the summer of 81/82, resupplying all Stations. The current Antarctic Division Director, Kim Ellis and I served professionally with the LARCS in the early 80’s, I joined the Club in 1986, attending MWD’s in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Highlights of Antarctica, include meeting Club luminaries Joe Johnson at Casey, Rod and Jeannie Ledingham onboard the Nella and at Mawson Station, David and Liz Parer, filming MAWSON THE SURVIVOR. I returned South in 1987 to film “ROAD TO ANTARCTICA” for Defence and Antarctic Division, witnessing the evacuation of the Nella Dan on 3 Dec ’87. In 1988, I organised the 40th Anniversary of the Army Detachment ANARE and walked the Kokoda Track in PNG, channelling Frank Hurley.
I have a Master’s Degree in Transport Management from Uni of Sydney, Operational Service in East Timor, and a proud Rotarian since 1996. Awarded in 2008 the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for Service to Rotary and the Veteran community. Transferring to the Reserves in 1996, I continue as an Active Army Reservist at Kokoda Barracks, Canungra. I have lectured at Bond University in Film and Television, own and run a film and an event company, consulting on numerous major events. Most recently engaged as a Guest Presenter for a cruise line, delivering Military History presentations on significant WWII Battles in the South Pacific. With your Club Councils, I hope to develop and nurture a collegiate and alumnus culture with MWD being centrepiece to annual reunions. My partner and I live on the Gold Coast, and we enjoy travel, good food, Netflix, and semi-retirement!