- Born in Adelaide late in 1947
- Attended Westbourne Park and Mitcham Primary schools
- Attended Unley High school
- Vacation work renovating the old Aclare Mine in the Mt Lofty Ranges
- Attended University of Adelaide
- Vacation work at Kookynie and Kambalda in W.A.
- Graduated with B.Sc. (Hons) in Economic Geology and almost immediately married Kaye in late 1969
- Started work as a geologist/geochemist with Western Mining Corporation in late 1969
- Worked all around Australia including being a team member in the Olympic Dam, Stawell, Benambra, Ernest Henry, Yandan & Mt Ringwood discoveries
- Worked overseas in the Philippines, Fiji, New Caledonia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Laos, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Ireland, U.S.A., Canada, Chile, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast & Burkina Faso
- In 1998 my wife & I moved to Hong Kong where I worked as a kindergarten teacher teaching English to Chinese children
- In 2005 I returned to Melbourne and retired from paid work
- Still married to Kaye & currently volunteering at both a Mainly Music and a playgroup in Diamond Creek
Life has been very interesting and exciting:
Near the Dartmouth Dam I have crawled onto a large tiger snake and had its head hovering just a few centimetres from my nose
I have been tracked by a large wolf while alone in Kazakhstan
In Uzbekistan I was captured by Islamic terrorists and later released without incident after sharing a sheep with them
At Benambra in the Australian Alps I have fallen over a cliff
Near General Santos in the southern Philippines I was targeted for a kidnapping but the kidnappers could not work out where my gun was (I did not have one)
In Kazakhstan I have watched a Soviet rocket launch into orbit
Near Boulia in Queensland had a fierce snake (desert taipan) between my feet while I cracked a rock next to its head
In Moscow I attended the Bolshoi Theatre with the Russian and Chinese leaders to see Swan Lake (the equivalent of a Royal Command Performance) performed by the Bolshoi Ballet
In northern Laos I sat on an unexploded bomb from the Vietnam War in a formal meeting with a village chief (many large bombs lined the central street through the village for use as seats)
I have undertaken successful industrial espionage over a new gold discovery in Queensland
I have been bitten on the top of my rubber boot by a large and angry brown snake, even though the ground was covered with snow and it should have been hibernating
I have eaten a meal in the same restaurant as Australia’s richest man at that time (Lang Hancock)
I was nearly shot in Laos when I blundered into a large opium crop ready for harvesting.
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Good story Lee – certainly no lack of adventure in your life.
Wow, that’s some interesting story Lee, I think its time for you to put your hand up and give all the blokes at OMNI and insight into your fascinating life story.