see poem 'This Family of Jack'
Of illegitimate birth, war veteran, former alcoholic.
1963-5 Educated to year 10 High School
1966-71Apprentice Diesel Mechanic
1971-87 Engine Room Artificer / Chief Marine Technicia plus ships diver, then Chief Training Design Specialist, in Royal Australian Navy 1971-1987. (Reserves 1984-87)
1984-92 Training & Business Development Consultant
1993-2005 Itinerant Speaker, Teacher, Counsellor
2006- Community Radio Journalist & Reporter, Writer
Parade ground, Cerberus, one dismal, foggy morn,
Weather-beaten face, beneath a battered old hat
This man was “Navy; ” to the sea, surely born,
With swaggering gait, he left no doubt of that.
From The Land Down-Under
G'day from the Land Down Under,
A place of awe and sheer wonder…..
Cruisin’ the Murray, out of Olde Echuca Town
Is a riverboat of renown, jewel in Echuca’s crown.
Pride of both the River, and her crew:
Dip yer hats, lads ‘n’ ladies, to “Emmy Lou”
It's an elusive thing, that man calls 'Grace.'
So difficult to define, yet sufficient to say,
We meet it sometimes, with it's unique place
In hearts and souls of a different way: