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After leaving school, I went on to do Arts and Law degrees at Sydney University. In many ways, the Arts part of this was just an extension of schooldays, since there was a group of a dozen or so people I used to constantly hang around with, nearly all of whom were from the class of '61. We called ourselves 'the boys', and thought (deluding ourselves, of course) that we were pretty terrific with our very male-oriented (drinking, gambling, football, surfing etc) lifestyle! Law was a fair bit more serious, and my results improved accordingly.
In 1968, while doing Law, I got a job working in the Ministerial Office of the then NSW Attorney-General, Ken McCaw, which started what became something of a lifetime career interest in government and politics, but always from the relatively safe vantage-point (not having to face elections) of the public service. Some subsequent personal career highlights have been:
When I moved to Canberra in 1974, it was more for lifestyle than career reasons - it struck me as a great place to live and bring up children, and I haven't really changed my mind about it since then. I love visiting Sydney (especially wandering around Greenwich, where I grew up), but also enjoy many things that Canberra's uniquely placed to provide - running in the forests, bushwalking, skiing (mostly of the downhill kind) and following the mighty Brumbies!
We're currently building a house at Noosa (Sunshine Beach), and at some stage expect to retire to there. All 'passing trade' from the Class of 61 will be more than welcome to drop in!