I don’t need to write much here about my first twenty-two years – because it’s all in JACKAROO: A Memoir — out of print as a print book but available on Kindle and as an eBook at Amazon.
Briefly, I’ve been a jackaroo / journalist / boarding school housemaster / advisory board member / consultant / columnist / volunteer / small acre farmer.
After completing agricultural college, the college principal asked me to join the Board and establish a foundation to raise funds to develop the college. My stint as honorary director of the Glenormiston Foundation led to a career in raising money professionally for schools, colleges and tertiary institutions.
In 2010, I volunteered for six months with a street kids’ charity in Hanoi, Vietnam — Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation — through Australian Volunteers International (AVI), working on communications and fundraising. The Foundation has supported nearly 2,000 kids and has more than 80 staff.
Upon returning home from Vietnam, I became director of Advancement (alumni relations, events and philanthropic fundraising) at Melbourne Business School.
It was during my time in Hanoi in 2010 that Penguin became interested in my first commercial manuscript. The rest is history. JACKAROO: A Memoir was published in June 2011. I hope you enjoy the read.
In October, 2013, I walked the Spanish Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrim trek. My pilgrimage is the subject of my second book: 28 Days a Pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago de Compostella.
In April, 2021, I published Pissed Off: 3,300 Baby Boomer Gripes, a satirical/humourous look at life through the eyes of a 71-year-old grumpy baby boomer.
My three books…
27 Days a Pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela
Pissed Off: 3,300 Baby Boomer Gripes
…are available variously as a print book (Pissed Off), an eBook, or on Kindle — at Booktopia or Amazon.