Peter Hill at Queens Domain console Peter Hill at Queens Domain console Photo: Mark Watson

 

Radio Operators

               

 

Derek BLAIR


Derek Blair

Born in Scotland, an ex-Merchant seaman, Derek Came to Australia in 1960 with the RAF, fell in love with the country and elected to stay after discharge. He worked in office equipment sales and later in the computer industry. Derek moved to Tasmania in 2004 and absolutely loves the place. His hobbies include carpentry, gardening, radios and Bundaberg Rum.


Derek is a TMR home operator and instructor.

 

Michael BOWERMAN


Michael Bowerman

Only fools and seagulls sit on the rail...”, a seaman told Mike on the Melbourne Star as it sailed through the Suez Canal delivering apples from Hobart to London. It was 1963 and he was 19 years old. Michael's father, a keen sailor and Director of H Jones & Co., got him the berth which paid one shilling a week. His father, William Bennett Bowerman had been Harbour Master Hobart (1947-1953) after running away to sea in his early teens, rounding the Horn in a square rigger ’afore the mast. Mike tried to join the merchant navy and discovered that he was colour blind (is that buoy red or green?) so the next obvious choice was real estate.


Now retired and having owned everything from couta boats to flybridge launches, Mike's current water transport is a fibreglass 22’ Arvor launch. He is fortunate that his wife Pat is long-suffering in allowing his love of all things nautical and the boys, (now men), catch bigger and more flathead than he ever did.

 

Colin CROWDER


Colin Crowder

Born in the UK, Colin found paradise in Tasmania in 1966 and joined ABC TV in 1967 working as a cameraman and audio recordist and retired 40 years later as a program maker. Past interests include: flying, camping, bushwalking, kayaking, motorbikes and bicycle road racing. In January 2008, he took delivery of his very smart new Jeanneau yacht and sailed it from Sydney to Hobart. You can usually find him around the Channel somewhere. (He doesn't want anyone to know that he once went aground near the Zinc works and had to be hauled off by the police boat Vigilant so we won't mention that).

 

Tony DIX


Tony Dix

Tony sailed dinghies in the 50s and 60s, his first cruise being on the Sir Winston Churchill schooner in 1966. He went to university in NZ in 1967, worked on cray and fishing boats in the early 70s, tried journalism, worked oil rigs in the Suez and North Sea, married in the UK and had son Rowan, and then worked as a Careers Officer until he returned to Sydney in 1981 and to Launceston in 1983.


After that diverse background, Tony settled in Hobart in 1991 and entered the Public Service and studied for a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies and was seconded to Environment and Land Management as Derwent Estuary Community Liaison Officer and later to the Alcohol and Drug Service.


Now retired, Tony sails Merlin which he bought in 1992.

 

Peter HILL


Peter Hill

Peter was born in New Zealand where he mucked about in small boats as a teenager. He was transferred across ‘the ditch’ to manage a branch office in Adelaide and later moved to Orange. With limited water on which to float a real boat that move brought an end to boating.


After 30 years in the Central West Coast of NSW where he and wife Janet owned and operated numerous businesses it was time to retire. They moved to Tasmania in 2003 where they purchased a house on the Huon River and began to enjoy the wonderful cruising grounds of Southern Tasmania in Oriole, a 36 foot Huon Pine Motor Sailer.


One of the first priorities was to complete the requirements for the Radio Operators Certificate and become familiar with the wonders of HF and VHF communications, and the great service provided by Tas Marine Radio.


Peter was treasurer of the Huon Yacht Club for 4 years before moving to Sandy Bay in 2010.


I met Barry McCann when he came down to help me set up a new HF radio on my boat”, said Peter. “He has a long memory because I made an off the cuff comment to him that when I moved to Hobart I might like to become a volunteer operator. I won’t say his was the first phone call I received after moving in to the new address in Hobart but perhaps the second. Barry invited me to come and a look at the radio room at the Domain – I was hooked. I have found it to be a rewarding and enjoyable way to put something back into the world of safe boating.


Aside from boating, Peter has a small distribution business, enjoys gardening and is active in the life of St.Johns Presbyterian church in Hobart.

 

Neil HUTTON


Neil Hutton

Neil has always lived on the Eastern Shore of Hobart and has spent most of his working life driving taxis so he knows his way around the whole city. He could spend all night regaling one with tales of his taxi days. Neil has been a volunteer for COSMOS, driving for their disco for the handicapped. His volunteer activities extended to the RSPCA, Community Transport Services and the Hobart Computer Users Group. Following the passing of his late mother due to cancer, Neil has been a volunteer with the Cancer Council of Tasmania. He has been a volunteer radio operator with TMR since 2007.

 

Mike JENNER


Mike Jenner

Born and bred in Tasmania, Mike has had several careers, beginning as an electrician, then broadcast technician with the ABC radio station at Lauderdale from 1965 till 1989. A break from 1969 till 1974 as a lighthouse keeper, serving at Tasman Island and Eddystone Point with short relief periods at Cape Bruny and Swan Island was slotted in during this period. Following that, he was Tasmania's softest debt collector for 8 years, and in the final years before retirement, a call centre operator with Vodafone.


Boating experience commenced in 1975 with an 18 foot Hartley which was converted into a mini motor sailer, beginning a long association with Margate Base/Tasmar/Coast Radio Hobart/Tas Maritime Radio. Progressing to a 43 foot ketch rigged motor sailer, bought in Townsville in late 89 and cruised home to Hobart, he lived aboard for 10 years. On retirement in 2010, home became a 38 foot Hartley South Seas motor sailer for about twelve months till meeting his third (and final) wife!


Mike has been an active amateur radio operator for 53 years.

 

Colin JOHNSON


Colin Johnson

Over the last four years living aboard his 36' yacht Freespirit (RG72), Colin has come to admire and respect the good work done by TMR for all mariners.


His own sea-time and experience has given him a real appreciation and motivation to become a volunteer and this he did late 2016.


Colin's time behind the microphone is shared by his other interests sailing, motorcycling and playing music on one of the several instruments he owns.

 

Graham KELLAWAY


Graham Kellaway

Born near Dartmoor (not the prison) Graham arrived in Australia in 1960 on the Fairsky. His career included Marine Radio Officer on several ships and later joined QANTAS as aircraft maintenance engineer, then moved into IT, mainly radio work, followed by project management, IT/Comms. In 1973, Graham drove a Sunbeam Rapier from London to India.


Graham's Hobbies are Trad Jazz (he plays Tenor Banjo) and wood turning. He retired to Hobart with Judy in July 2004 and enjoys getting away in the motor-home.

 

Robyn MUNDY


Robyn Mundy

Having spent a total of 10 months on Tasmania’s weather-beaten Maatsuyker Island as a volunteer caretaker and weather observer, Robyn was so inspired by Tas Maritime Radio’s volunteer service to mariners that on her return in early 2017 she asked if she might train as an operator. Robyn is no stranger to big seas and wild weather. She has summered and wintered at Antarctic stations as a research field assistant and, for several months of each year, she co-leads adventure tourism voyages to the polar regions. During her time on land, Robyn writes and teaches creative writing. She is author of the novels Wildlight, set on Maatsuyker Island, The Nature of Ice, set in Antarctica, and co-author of the young readers’ Epic Adventure: Epic Voyages.

 

Tony O'BRIEN


Tony O'Brien

After a long career in secondary and tertiary education in Victoria and Tasmania came retirement and the need to find useful and/or congenial activities to fill Tony's days, other than those mandated, of course, by his wife! Apart from his interest in TMR Tony has also studied Ancient Greek at UTAS, where his daughter was a fellow-student, and has taught U3A classes about various religions.

John PARSELL


John Parsell

Hobart born and bred, John worked in Fire, Accident and Marine Insurance for 27 years, Welfare for 16 years and the Funeral Industry for 5 but he is now retired with his wife.


He has always had an interest in the sea, especially sailing, but no longer has a boat. John enjoys fishing, gardening and music.

 

Alan SCHOLTEN


Alan Scholten

Alan was born in Melbourne in 1953 and moved to Tasmania at the age of five. After completing his education he left the Island in February 1971, heading for Woomera SA with his parents. He spent 37 years in South Australia working for the Commonwealth Civil Service and running a couple of small businesses with his wife who he met in Woomera. Alan joined St John’s as a volunteer ‘ambo’ in 1980 and eventually took it on as a job in 1985. He left the SA service in December 2007 and joined the Tasmanian service in January 2008.


Now retired Alan is looking forward to some boating, motorcycling and visiting his daughter who is an archaeologist working in the UK.

 

Mark WATSON


Mark Watson

Mark is a Sydneysider born, bred and mostly resident on the Northern Beaches apart from stints on the NSW Central Coast and in Melbourne. He moved to Hobart in October 2013 for a sea-change.


Originally a secondary maths teacher he has since worked as a technical trainer and documenter, computer systems manager and national data/voice manager in a large insurance company that’s no longer there. Most recently he’s been doing web work: online courses, web maintenance and Tas Maritime's web applications.


Mark has always had an interest in mucking about in boats, mostly of the skiff variety, starting with Sea Scouts. He supported 3 sons who raced B14s from the ages of 14 upwards by towing the boats hither and yon and sitting in an 8-foot rescue rib on Sydney Harbour most Sundays (which can be most exciting at times). The highlight was taking one boat and a 15- and 16-year old who competed in the World B14 Championships at Falmouth in Cornwall in 2007.

 

Kevin WILLIAMS


Kevin Williams

Kevin and his family moved to Tasmania in 1980 after several years flying in the Kimberley and the Goldfields in WA. Understandably, they fell in love with this place and decided to stay. He retired from flying in 1997 and from everything else (to enjoy the grandchildren) in 2006. Kevin enjoys boating and he and his wife are keen bushwalkers and happy campers.