Hazel, Ernie and Don at wedding. Dec 90, Don's parents continued to visit
every second year at 84 years of age.
Schedule HereLetter His dad gained first hand experience
with the sun here when he burned a large hole in his pants while trying to
read a book with a magnifying glass. Ernie suffers from cataracts.
Both parents enjoyed the long, hot summer and the cloudless, azure skies. We
are fortunate that they have decided to visit us again this Christmas and
will be staying for eight weeks.
Dr David and Dr Rebecca Richmond, 2003 West Edmonton Mall, Alberta. With
Don's parents in 89/90 were Don's nephew David Richmond 16, ( sister Margaret's younger son
and Evan Johnson, who stayed for three weeks. Don and Lily signed them up for a one
week SCUBA course running forty hours for a PADI certification. We
also did the usual tourist things
such as seeing crocodiles, sharks, koalas and the construction of the Endeavour, Captain Cook's ship with which he visited Australia.
Don in Marlow, near
London, England. In the 1990's, Don was still a regular visitor to coffee shops, both around
Perth and around the world.
Brisbane beach sunset. In 1990 Don
and Lily flew to
Brisbane, rented a car and drove North to Port Douglas over two weeks.
Our one excursion this year involved no shortage of beverages. It involved a
8,OO0 kilometer return flight to Brisbane, a car rental and 5,000 kilometers
of driving along the Gold Coast and north to Cairns end Point Douglas.
Surfers Paradise is now filled with high rise hotels and department stores
built with Japanese money for Japanese tourists. The brand name tourist
items sold there are out of reach of the average Australian with even sun
glasses costing a few hundred dollars.
Adding a ribbon to a racing cane toad.
Don was sad to miss
the cane toad races
often held in the
taverns. Imported from Hawaii to control sugar cane beetles the
Queensland cane toads have spread uncontrollably.
Don considered bungee jumping at Surfer's
Paradise but was threatened with a month's meals at MacdonaId's if he
did the leap or at least wheel and tip, a 30 meter head first fall from the
top of a crane. He was game to give it a go, like his 1970 parachute jump.
Perhaps, it was Don's risk taking attitude that got him into a
wheelchair, but who really knows.
As usual, Don and Lily regularly visited the
Muntagin farm in 1991.
Don's relatives, 1990: Ken and sister Marg
Richmond, brother George and Pat Pugh, with children Trevor, Kevin and
Steven. father Ernie Pugh.
With our friend Mike Hand Don and Lily drove
Malaysia for six weeks in Dec. 90 and January, 1991. Photo is the Kuala Lumper tower.
We were pleased to experience again the smell
of Durian fruit and fish at the local markets. Kuantan was another large
tourist resort with open air cafes and large Buddhist Caves at Charah. In
Kota Babru we stayed in a hotel which operated as a brothel, with a lively
karaoke bar, and 'shagging' rooms. Mike to his horror was hustled by a gay
who followed him around to his room. The East-West Highway across Northern
Malaysia has been subjected until recently with guerrilla attacks. The route
is rugged, over ranges of large hills and we passed some forty army posts.
Since Don's last visit in 1977, Penang has been connected by a causeway to
the mainland and Lily appreciated Georgetown's butterfly farm, botanical
gardens and roti and tea breakfasts. We enjoyed a meal in a fresh fish
restaurant watching the king prawns jump out of the nets and across
our table, laps and floor. From the capital city, Kuala Lumpur we flew
to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah on the island of Borneo. Borneo, more British and
slower moving than mainland Malaysia, is a thoroughly nice part of the
country. While Don remained at the hotel, Lily and Mike climbed Mount
Kinabalu, the highest mountain in BE Asia.
Don graduated from Edith Cowan University
a Bachelor of Psychology in 1991. He commenced study for a Master's
Degree in Psychology in March, 1992.
Port Arthur Penal Colony. Our holidays
included driving around
Tasmania and Canberra for a month. We rented a car for two weeks and
drove around the island. This island is Australia's version of Canada with
large snow capped mountains, heavy snow, and large fresh
water rivers and lakes. There is even snow there on the mountain peaks. In
the summer. Don particularly liked Queenstown, with its large gold mine and
refineries. The place looks like on early version of Sudbury with its
stunted vegetation barren steep hills and tiny weatherboard houses
selling for merely $8,000.00. Further North, the green rolling farm
land was less exciting.
After two weeks in Tasmania in January 1991, we
were bored, missing the excitement of Asia with its diversity, ethnic foods,
bustling activity, religions, languages and cultures. We flew to
Canberra on impulse, checked out the War Museum, National Library, Art
Gallery and Parliament Buildings. We then visited the ski resorts in
the Snowy Mountains and tossed icy snowballs in mid-summer.
Bill and Sue Vanwart visited in 1991. We
had met them in 1998 during our full year visit to North America. They
live in a lovely old farm house outside Napanee, Ontario where Bill paints,
and teaches painting in Napanee High School.
Another of Bill's sketches. These cartoons
seem to present a common theme.
A final sketch by Bill referring to my amateur
radio and computer shack with my bulletin board and high frequency
Portrait of don by Bill Vanwart
Cable Beach next to our Cable Beach Resort.
Our second excursion for 1991 was a one week holiday in July in tropical
Broome, 2,500 Kilometres North of Perth to escape the winter rains. We flew,
unlike Don's four day drive of five years ago and stayed at the Cable Beach
Resort, a new five star hotel. The time quickly passed eating, drinking,soaking up the hot sun, visiting the ocean to watch king tides which
ere some of the largest in the world and totally relaxing. The Broome zoo,
built by a multi-millionaire from England, Lord MacAlpine, was excellent
with its large collection of rare Australian and African wildlife. Lily
appreciated not having to pack and unpack suitcases, the first holiday for
ten years where that has happened.
Thank You for taking a time to do
these slides. I have to do a map (kind of a touristic map) of Western
Australia and I think your information will be very useful for me. I'm
really glad of having found your videos in Google. I also like the way you
talk, very paused. I'm from Chile, and I'm still not very used to
hearing English language, but I understood almost everything you said.
Thank You Again
In 1992 Don set up Cd-Rom Support Bulletin Board
(BBS) using Maximus software. The system expanded to six phone lines
and monitors, boasting of 18 online cdrom disks of shareware. Don also
began to retail cd-rom disks on line and every Sat. at a computer market.
During 1991/2, prior to the Internet, Don
established a computer bulletin board system. As the system expanded Don
employed a part-time sales person to market shareware from Walnut Creek.
Every Saturday morning until 1996, Don operated a stall at a computer swap
meet, retailing cd-roms.
In November, 1992 Don commenced full time
employment as a registered school psychologist for the Peel Educational
District of the West Australian Education Department.
In November, 1992 Don was hired as a registered
psychologist to work three days in
Safety Bay High
School, a half day in a
primary school, Coolongup Primary, (publication)
and a half day in a weekly district meeting in Mandurah. Don enjoyed
the work counselling students and continued on in 1993 with the same schools
SBSHS logo. In 1994 Don worked full-time,
five days weekly with increased time in Safety Bay High School, and a day,
weekly in East Waikiki Primary School.
Don and Lily visited Alice Springs again in the
summer of 1994/5. We stayed for two very hot weeks with our friend
Michael Hand who commutes weekly by plane to the
Granites Gold Mine in the remote Tanami Desert.
In 1988, we rented our house to the Bruno and
Jan deTastes, who refused to pay rent for four months or to move out.
They departed in January, 1989 leaving the house in a mess and unpaid rent.
They had moved to Hawaii. A traffic violation of the mother running a
red light alerted Don to their return and Don commenced civil proceedings
for $4000. in unpaid rent and damages. They refused a pre-court offer
to settle for $1,800.00 and instead paid Don $18,000.00 after three years of
litigation. Don won the 1991 local court trial, they refused to pay
and appealed to the District Court in 1992. Don won and they
refused to pay. Don prepared to commence bankruptcy proceedings and
they paid court costs and a percentage of Don's legal fees in full.
Their cheque paid for Don's around the world trip in 1995. It's Don's
one and only court case.
Don continued his position at the high school
and primary school in 1995, terms 1, 3 and 4. He took leave of absence
without pay to travel for three months around the world in term 2.
Don and Lily commenced their trip with a
wonderful relaxing week in tropical Papeete, capital of Tahiti. They
rented a car, sampled restaurants, museums and beaches, enjoying
excellent French cuisine. Don practiced his high school French.
Then we flew on to visit brother George in
Vancouver for two weeks, and
Don's parents in
Belleville and sister in
Ridgetown, Ontario for
nearly two months. We put ten thousand kilometers on our rented Chrysler by
visiting friends in
Wawa and Cochrane, and other friends in Napanee,
Kingston, Cornwall and Avonmore. Lily was badly ill as a result
of a gall bladder stone which was removed following her return to
Perth, while Don suffered from cellulitis, treated by a long course of
Then Don and Lily spent a week in England,
visiting the Crowthers in
High Wycombe, Windsor, Oxford University, and
doing a circuit to the coast passing Stonehenge, and
illness led to cutting two weeks from our visit. The long flight from London
to Singapore caused a red area to Don's derriere that wouldn't disappear for
several weeks. This event occurred in spite of sitting on a roho
pressure cushion. Don spent a few days on his side in bed, feeling
sorry for himself in Singapore.
In 1995 Don and a friend Ted Russ established an
Internet Service Provider business which was to operate for five years until
its closure in 2000. The business extended Don's Cd-Rom Support Bulletin
Board which had operated since 1992. Ted writes in 1998, "In 1985 Don and
Ted Russ set up Intelligent Internet Services as partners.
archived web site is here. By April of '95 Don and I agreed to form
Intelligent Internet Services and vale was moved to Don's place and started
up, on a grand total of seven lines, plus one 28.8K modem link to Omen. And
by August, we'd merged the two BBS's onto Don's BBS server, and moved vale
and it's attendant modems etc into Omen's offices at Innaloo, adding another
server and another 33 lines to bring us to our present total of 40 lines." Don added new members and handled the
accounts. Ted operated the Linux Apache web server. The business
eventually obtained three hundred subscrbers using thirty phone lines.
Its early web pages have been archived;
Don's wife, Lily accepted a new position as a
district high school principal four
hours drive East of Perth in 1994 and was absent four years until the end of
1997, except for weekend visits. She did take six months long service
leave the first half of 1996, breaking up the separation. Don hired a number of carers to
share his home to assist him over four years including Sue Wong, Carol
Grist, Kathy Scott, and Robyn Sutton.
Don drove country to visit Lily, blowing up the
engine of the Honda. With fulltime employment as a school
psychologist, he purchased his first new car, an Australian 1994 Ford
By 1996 Don had obtained permanency as a
psychologist and was making progress with difficult 'students at risk' in
large secondary schools.
In 1996 Don and Lily enjoyed a pleasant holiday
Norfolk Island. This was the year following their three month around the
world trip to Canada.
Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu Park. Don and Lily also
flew in July, 1996 to Kakadu Park near
Darwin, Northern Territory in 1996. We were accompanied by Harold,
Lily's father, and stayed a night in the Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu, while
touring the Ranger Mine Uranium Project.
Lily obtained a position as principal of a Perth
Primary School and returned to Irvine Street in December, 1996 to Don's
delight after sadly shattering a leg in a country car accident.
In July 1997 we visited Darwin for a week with
In 1997, Don has been healthy and has again
worked four days per week as Safety Bay Senior High School’s psychologist
without any absenteeism. He turned 51 on January 3, 1998 and
hoped to be able to continue with a relaxing part time arrangement of four
days weekly for his sixth year.