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In about 1986, our family moved to Rocklea in Brisbane.

In about 1987, our family got a trailer-sailer named Sundance.

In about 1988 or 1989, our family travelled up the coast to Mission Beach then back through Charters Towers and Emerald with Sundance in tow.

In 1992, my family purchased a wooden ketch by the name of Nellie.

In 1993, we moved onto her full-time, and lived on her until 1998.

In 1999, I studied for a year at University of Southern Queensland for a Bachelor or Engineering and Bachelor of Information Technology. I pulled out in 2000.

In 2000, we sold our house and sailed between Maryborough and Bowen, then back to Gladstone.

In early 2001, we moved off Nellie and travelled to Normanton, then stayed at Mount Isa for a few months.

In late 2001, we travelled to Bowen, where our father had sailed Nellie to.

In early 2002, we parted ways with our father, who sailed Nellie down to near Bundaberg.

In late 2004, our father sailed up to Innisfail, and passed away in early 2005.

Nellie was sold to the owner of the ship yard in Innisfail shortly thereafter.

In the second half of 2005, my sister and I worked at the Rugby Farm Bowen packing shed.

In Christmas 2005, my sister and I visited Junee, and witnessed the Junee Fire.

In March 2006, Category 5 Cyclone Larry crossed the coast over Innisfail. We have been told that Nellie was destroyed during the cyclone.

In April 2006, my sister and I travelled with the pastor of the Bowen Baptist Church and a few congregation members to assist in the clean-up.

From May 2006 to December 2006, I worked at the Rugby Farm Bowen packing shed again, while my sister worked at the Bowen call centre.

In April 2007, I was accepted in an ICT Certificate III traineeship at St Mary's Primary School in Bowen. My Registered Training Organization was AXiOM College.

In February 2008, our mother passed away. My sister created a video eulogy for her. She has it here

In November 2008, I completed the traineeship, and was accepted to work in ICT support for Townsville Catholic Education at St Mary's Primary School in Bowen, St Catherine's Primary School in Proserpine and St John Bosco's Primary School in Collinsville.

In March 2010, Category 3 Cyclone Ului crossed the coast over Airlie Beach.

In January 2011, Category 2 Cyclone Anthony passed directly over Bowen. Fortunately, it was a relatively low strength cyclone.

In February 2011, Category 5 Cyclone Yasi crossed the coast over Innisfail.

In July 2011, I enrolled to study at University of Southern Queensland for a Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in Applied Computer Science & Networking and Security.

In 2014, my sister moved to Sydney. Except for during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, I have visited her every christmas since then.

I took my sister on some south pacific christmas cruises:

In January 2017, I was invited to move to Townsville in order to develop full-time at TCEO, and I accepted the invitation.

In mid March 2017, I started looking to a place to live in Townsville. This was interrupted when Category 4 Cyclone Debbie crossed the coast over Airlie Beach.

In mid April 2017, I found a place to live in Townsville, and finished moving mid May 2017.

In August 2017, I took over from Peter Godwin as lead developer after they left for greener pastures.

In 2019, as part of the TCEO ITS team growing, my position was promoted from being a secondment to being a permanent full-time developer position.

In June 2021, I completed my Bachelor of Information Technology.

As at July 2021, I am still working for Townsville Catholic Education Office.

A few links:

My Sister's Site.

Netregistry (PlanetDomain merged into it)

Linode - Excellent US-based VPS provider.

Mammoth Networks - Good Australian VPS provider.

Binary Lane - Mammoth's low-cost VPS.

Hetzner - Dedicated server provider.

Overclockers Australia

Peter Godwin - one of the people I worked with in developing software in 2017.

My Git repositories - with sources for various small open-source tidbits I have made.

My gravatar:

Whoa Nellie