Bob Rayner

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Unlike most of the 1961 graduating class, I attended Mosman Boys High School to earn my Intermediate Certificate and was only at NSBHS for 4th and 5th years. After my Leaving Certificate, I obtained an Accountant Designation from the Australian Society of Accountants, now the Australian Society of CPA’s. After 5 years related work in Sydney, I left Sydney in early 1967 on the P&O Orient Liner, Oriana, bound for Southampton. The Oriana visited Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), Aden (Yemen), travelled through the Suez Canal shortly before it was closed by the Israel-Egypt 6 Day War (the whole Egyptian countryside was dominated by army tanks in a build up to the war), Naples (Italy), Gibraltar and on to England.

Leaving England in an old London Taxi (which blew up in Germany after a week) I travelled throughout Western Europe. During the winter I became a London milkman (delivering milk from a battery driven electric waggon). In 1968 I travelled behind the Iron Curtain to East Berlin and East Germany, Poland and Russia for May Day in Moscow and then out through Scandinavia. I also travelled extensively around England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

In July 1968 I moved to Canada with the intention of travelling throughout North America before returning to Australia. Some 43 years later I am still in Canada, living in Toronto where, along with my wife of 37 years, Lorraine, we raised 2 children. I now have 3 Grandchildren who are a real joy. I had a successful career at IBM Canada where I worked for 37 years as a Finance and HR Manager, followed by 4 years of consulting, and I am now retired. I have been a runner for 37 years but only completed my first Marathon at age 65. I have a lakefront cottage north of Toronto which, along with my grandchildren, currently occupies much of my time.

I travel to Australia periodically to see my now 92 year old father and my 2 brothers and their families.