|Thanks for the opportunity to contribute to
Upon completing my sheetmetal apprenticeship, I left WRE
to work for Fairey Aviation (3 yrs), then on to the airframe repair
workshops at Parafield airport. After only 6mths at Parafield I,
with my wife Andree and young family, went to Woomera to work as a sheety.
We stayed at Woomera for about 3 yrs and left at the end of 1970, during
which time we added another child to our family. I left Woomera to
take up a teaching position with TAFE (or the equiv in those days) at the
School of Plumbing and Sheetmetal which was located on the corner of
Grenfell St and East Tce in Adelaide (now the Tandanya Art/Craft
Centre). In 1980 our school relocated to the Regency TAFE complex
where I worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer until 1987. In 1987
I moved to Port Lincoln with TAFE as a senior lecturer Engineering, being
involved with training from the WA border to Whyalla ...great
memories. I decided to leave TAFE in June 1994 and spent time
travelling around working at Skillshare centres in Vic NSW and QLD.
In 1995 my wife and I went to Papua New Guinea where I worked as a
volunteer teacher in a small vocational centre in a village called Tufi in
Oro Province. We were going for two years; however because of some
secuity problems we were forced to leave and come back to Oz early.
I am still keen to do more development work in a country such as
PNG. After returning to SA, we purchased 20 acres at Cambrai (near
Mannum) and tried "farming" and at the same time found work as a
trainer/adviser for a private training provider Workskil Inc at Murray
Bridge. After 2 years the project at Murray Bridge finished and so
did my attempt at clearing acres of bloody horehound weeds, so we decided
to try something else. I decided to travel around relieving high
school teachers (tech studies) who were on long service leave. We
spent 3 mths at Waikerie and the same at Kingston SE schools. What
an education for me! In 1999 I was asked to go to Mount Gambier High
School as a techi...I have just finished my second year here and love it.
They have made me permanent. Again in the system!
We have bought a place at Port MacDonnell (near the Cape
Northumberland lighthouse) and at last count, our four children have
supplied us with 9 grandchildren.
Over all these years, I dont think I have ever
encountered any of the "H" mob.
Congratulations on such a fantastic website and idea.
(Email Jim for his contact details)
PS. I think Graham Bradbury died in about 1980. He
was quite young. His father, Arthur, was a senior teacher at the
School of Plumbing when I was there.