I walked a few steps and I was inside the entrance lobby of Australia House.
The rest is history, as they say in the classics. I applied for a job at Australia House on the same day as I sold the Kombi, and was accepted by National Mutual as a Systems Analyst a few days later, and emigrated to Australia in March 1979.
I met LeeAnne Houston at the Tok H. hotel in Toorak in July 1979 (she also worked at National Mutual), and we were married in April 1984. In Sept 1990, our son James was born. We still live in the same house in Ashburton that we bought the year before we were married, and where we had the wedding and reception.
I retired from full-time IT consulting in 2013 and now run a website design consultancy for small businesses in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria.
Rosie moved back to London in 1978, and followed her dream by becoming a croupier at a casino in South of France, met and married a film director (Ray Corbett) and had one son(Ashley). After divorcing the film director, she moved back to the same village where we met many years ago and started breeding Bassett hounds. I met her one last time in 2013, after 35 years, before she passed away in June 2014 and she is buried at St Bartholomew's Church in Horley, Surrey. So she enjoyed a full life as only she knew how!.
Jenny followed me to the UK in December 1978 and we had a couple of fabulous weeks culminating in THE funniest episode in a bath in a BnB in Brighton, while tripping on magic mushrooms. She saw snow for the first time. She wanted marriage, children and the whole baggage which I couldn't offer her, and sadly I had to say goodbye to her as she boarded a plane back to Joburg. I heard later she was happily married to someone else.
Pat Myhill eventually moved to London to work, and by 'happen-chance' met Paul Overton walking down Oxford St one day shortly after she arrived. She worked briefly for Paul in his business, but the old 'spark' wasn't there (Paul only had eyes for an incredibly attractive Swiss girl in the office, who didn't fancy Paul, but that didn't stop Paul from trying). So Pat packed her bags and went to Ireland where she fell in love and married an Irishman (after several other romances!), but which wasn't destined to last and she found herself back in South Africa in the late 80's. She found more love in South Africa, married again, but again it didn't last until she met and married her current husband in the late 90's and she now lives in Ramsgate, south of Durban.
Nick moved to Qatar to work in Insurance Broking and was known to enjoy the high-roller lifestyle and drive expensive cars. He surprised us all by turning up at my wedding in Australia in 1984, only to disappear again. No one has heard from him since!
Here are some random photos of Rosie and I. Enjoy...
|Rosie and I in England 1974|
|Reading the Rand Daily Mail|
|Rosie at Houghton|
|Rosie at Kyalami|
|The Rosie pout was not uncommon|
|David at Houghton|
|Rosie - smoking as usual|
|Rosie with black cat|
|Me with Rosie in 2013|
|Me in 1977 and 2017|