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John grew up on a cattle station in Central Queensland. He became acquainted with the Cook story as a boy during Christmas holidays when the family visited the coast. There he spent magic days exploring and fishing the rich waters of Keppel Bay with his father and uncle in their vessel the Flying Cloud. Cook’s presence was everywhere in the Bay. He gave the bay its name, and named Keppel Isles and several other features in the area. In those early days of the late 50’s much of the area was empty of civilization. It was just as Cook saw it. When John read Cook’s journal, and Banks’, he was hooked for life.
John travelled to England, trained as an actor and worked in the theatre where he met Clare.
John is a volunteer guide at the Australian National Maritime Museum guiding visitors wishing to explore the replica ship Endeavour which is sometimes moored at the museum.