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Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 1987

September 13, 2016 by David Herd

The big move to QLD post is my personal photo history, not part of my travel blog.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Relocate Sydney Gold Coast in 1987 after breaking up with my fiance & losing my job. I didn’t want to live in Newport on the peninsular being single again so my option was to move to the lower north shore or pull up stakes and move interstate. Karen Smith (above) & I after living together at my home in Herbert Avenue for 3 years came to the realisation marriage was a bridge too far.

Surfers Paradise awaits

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast The decision to move was easy as I had been visiting the Gold Coast 2 or 3 times a year for quite a while. I had quite a few friends living there so the move was not the slightest bit traumatic. Above is Grahame Edwards aka “Crazy” a friend of over 30 years who recently sold his share of a travel insurance company for one million dollars, quite a large amount in the 80s.

My little red Moke

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast This is January 1987 at the Watsons Bay hotel, shortly before I left for QLD, & yes I took the Moke with me. 🙂

Paul Slaughter and Tony Murphy

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Here I am with two great friends at Newport shortly before moving to QLD. Paul still lives in Sydney & Tony is on the Gold Coast, in fact I stayed with him & his lovely wife Nikki recently in August 2016 when I was on the Coast for 10 days.

My beautiful German Shepherd Madison

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For the first 3 months in QLD I rented Peter Lewis’s house in Witt Avenue Cararra, here is Di Parkinson my ex girlfriend (in the white cap) & a friend of hers cooling off in the pool.

Jim Cox & Larry Wilson

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Jim was ex Adelaide now living on the Gold Coast and Larry was and still is I believe a local Solicitor.

Cararra January 1987

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast A young Steve Bristow and Jacquie from Melbourne, Jacquie was working on the door at the Avenue & stayed at my house for a month or two.

After 3 months I bought a house.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast 36 Claymore Crescent Sorrento became my home for the next 3 years.

Next came the boat. 🙂

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Naturally if you live on the waterfront you need a little boat to cruise around in. 🙂

 If you have a boat you need a jetty.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast I built one big enough to have a party on, even before it’s finished. 🙂

The Finished product.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Check out the size of this magnificent jetty.

Jetty! What jetty, I don’t see a jetty.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast When the storms came the jetty disappeared.

What time can I start having fun?

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I forget their names, no wait a minute, that’s Tova on the right,  I think they were from Yugoslavia.

 Relaxing on the Broadwater

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast The Gold Coast is a lot more fun with a boat. 🙂

Of course 36 Claymore Crescent soon turned into party central

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Here is my Yugoslav friend Marco who used to be in all sorts of scams designed to relieve you of a dollar or two. Other than that he was a very friendly guy.

Absolutely beautiful

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Sadly a short time after this photo was taken this gorgeous creature passed away in a Road accident. At that time she was going out with the guy who ran Pips in Sydney, his name was Ron Kennedy I think.

Drinks on the jetty

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast I said I had built it big enough to have a party on it, well here is proof.

 Megumi & Harley Bradstreet

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Megumi was a lovely Japanese girl who worked for Tony Hickey lawyers, she rented a room in my home for quite some time. Harley, one of my oldest friends, used to love dressing up in his military outfits.

Talk about dressing up

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Here we are a party at my old friend Bob Martin’s home in Cararra. That’s me in the centre. 🙂

Naturally Bob had a camel in attendance

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Plus he sand several ton of sand delivered to emulate the dunes, which certainly helped Harley with his “desert rat routine.” 🙂

Captured by Harley the Desert Rat

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There is no escape from these special forces assassins.

 Allison Schroder, a real wild child. 🙂

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18 years old & as wild as they come.

Allison was a lot of fun

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What was she doing with a 44 year old guy you may well ask. Simple, I promised her the world and bought her an atlas. 🙂

 Please excuse the photo quality

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast With Allison and Winnie on the hill above Byron Bay.

Jim Stanbury & Suzie in Adelaide

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I flew down to Adelaide in 87 for the Formula 1 and caught up with my old friend Jim Stanbury who worked for me in Melbourne in 1970. When I flew back to Brisbane Allison picked me up at the airport & we checked into a hotel for 2 nights and saw Billy Joel in concert at Boondal.

Then disaster struck in the form of Tanya Rigley

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Things were going on so smoothly throughout 1987 & 88 until I got tired up with this rather crazy lady. I don’t want to spend too much time on detail except to say we had an extremely volatile year together.

A DC3 in a Box Hill backyard.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Hard to believe but true. Melbourne car dealer Dion Ormond liked lots of toys, his girlfriend was an air hostess & used to fly on this exact plane, so what did he do? Naturally he purchased it and put it in his backyard. 🙂

Here is the man himself

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From memory he also won around $300k in the lottery which bought a lot of toys in the 80s.

A favourite song from 1989 by Ian Moss.

Adelaide 1989

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast After visiting Dion & other friends in Melbourne we drove to Adelaide and caught up with Grahame & Flo Farquhar. It was may years before I would see them again. Around 1998 in fact & again in 2014 when I drove from Adelaide to Melbourne via The Great Ocean Road.

The Great Ocean Road in 1989

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast London bridge is intact but  in 1990, part of the bridge collapsed into the ocean, leaving a chunk of land isolated. Funnily enough there were two tourists sightseeing at the time and they were cut off from the mainland and had to wait a number of hours before they could be rescued by helicopter.

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Tanya Rigley, Richard Blair aka Stingy & Warwick Robinson.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast This was the first stop in my road trip to Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide. Lunch at Oatlands golf club. Stingy, Wokka & myself looking decidedly thinner.

The Robinsons 1988

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Hard to believe it is 29 years ago.

The Pines at Santuary Cove

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast I took a corporate membership when Sanctuary Cove opened, here are playing partners Tony Scanlan & Michael Fusco.

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Dinner at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast A very poor quality but too many memories not to include. 🙂 My date for the night was lovely Wendy Winspear, I just can’t remember the name of the German couple.

Sadly Wendy passed away in December 2016, (age 59) she will be missed by so many good friends.

I can’t remember these girls names either.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast They were two American air stewardesses from Hawaii, naturally I took them boating.

David Robertson

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Ex Melbourne lad living in luxury on the Gold Coast, it does help being the heir to the Macrobertson Chocolate fortune. 🙂

Some of the usual suspects

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Wendy Winspear on the left, Barry Kemp centre & Warwick Robinson, Paul Slaughter & Richard Blair.

Let’s finish with these 2 gorgeous babes

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast  Winnie and Allison one of my favourite “daily double” photographs. Thanks for visiting my Relocate Sydney Gold Coast online photo collection, certainly as you can see 87 to 89 was a super time for me, looking back on these times & people remind me how lucky I have been to live this fabulous life.

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Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

January 15, 2016 by David Herd

The story starts in 1986

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Relocate Sydney Gold Coast took place in January 1987, but lets go back a couple of months to when I was living at Newport Beach in Sydney. I had just broken up with my fiancée, beautiful Karen Smith, we were engaged and living together in a wonderful old home in Newport overlooking the Royal Motor Yacht Club. To add to my woes I had also just been sacked from a high paying job as National Sales Manager for Ricoh facsimile machines.

For the past few years I was a regular visitor to the Gold Coast so at the time moving there permanently seemed to be the right thing to do. I had many friends living in Surfers Paradise including Graham Edwards aka “Crazy” who you see in the photo above.

My ex fiancée Karen Smith

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Karen was a beautiful lady and a lovely human being, but looking back I finally realised by the mid 90s I was not cut out for “long term relationships”, and the older I get the less I need the company of others.

Paul Slaughter and Tony Murphy

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Two close friends in December 1986 were helping me celebrate the move north. Tony was living in Avalon at the time and now in 2016 resides on the Gold Coast.

Not part of my travel blog just a huge chapter in my life.

Bryan Millard

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast Bryan lived close to me at Newport and we were regular drinkers at the Newport Arms Hotel.

Now here is a strange coincidence, one week after I posted Brian’s photo here he was convicted in Noosa for various infringements. Here is the full story.

Big Tim Bristow & Sue Ellis

Big Tim Bristow Another neighbour the notorious Big Tim Bristow, read more about him here.

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Ok, bye bye Sydney, Gold Coast here I come.

David Herd Sydney I had to return my company car so my transport consisted of my little red Moke. Do you like my impersonation of the “White Knight” at the Watson’s Bay Hotel?

Di Parkinson & Madison

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast

Di Parkinson was my beautiful ex girlfriend from the 70s, Madison was my beautiful German Shepherd. For the first 3 months I rented a house at Carrara from my good friend Peter Lewis before buying a house at Sorrento.

Jim Cox & Larry Wilson

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Jim was a friend of mine in Adelaide when I lived there in the 70s, Larry was a solicitor in Southport and was responsible for me taking up golf, I have never totally forgiven him. 🙂

My Sorrento home

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast I bought a house at 36 Claymore Crescent and it soon became party central.

Naturally I bought a boat

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast A very pretty little runabout with a 150 HP Suzuki on the back.

Allison and Winnie

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast The girls came with me to Byron Bay to pick up my new toy. I had been taking Winnie out occasionally until she introduced me to her 18 year old girlfriend Allison, well I’m guessing you know what happened next. 🙂

Then I had to build a jetty.

 photo Newjettychristenned.jpg Here we are christening the jetty even before it is finished, apologies for the poor photo quality.

The finished product

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast What a beauty it was, big enough to have a party on, and we did very often indeed.

Afternoon drinks on the Jetty

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast My new girlfriend on the left was Tanya Rigley, oh my didn’t she cause me some stress. On the far right is George Hoult aka the “Angry Ant”, I bumped into him outside my condo in Pattaya in December 2015. Sitting next to him is Malcolm Pearce, Mick Cottrell is standing and the little guy in the middle is my old mate Harley Bradstreet.

Jetty! What jetty, I don’t see a jetty.

Relocate Sydney Gold Coast It does often rain a little on the Gold Coast, and the canal my house was on was a long way from the main river. Consequently it would take quite a while for the water  to subside after a heavy storm.

Fancy dress party

 photo 1988007.jpg My great mate Bob Martin threw a party at his home near Carrara, I forget the theme, something to do with camels or Lawrence of Arabia I think. On the right is Don Wenham who sadly passed away in 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

Harley is locked & loaded

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This great mate of mine loved to dress up in his combat gear, it didn’t have to be a fancy dress party, he sometimes strolled into a Surfers Paradise bar dressed like this.

Here is Marco

 photo Marco.jpg A Croatian friend from Sydney who had more moves than a Swiss watch, Marco always had some sort of scheme on the go, designed of course to relieve somebody of their precious savings.

Such a beautiful girl

 photo Beautifulgirldiedyoung.jpg This was one of my many parties at Claymore Crescent, sadly a few months after this photo was taken this gorgeous lost her life in a traffic accident, RIP.

 Cold beers on the Broadwater

 photo DHampMike1987.jpg Mike was an English guy who eventually moved to Sydney. Boating was a big part of my life in my early days on the Gold Coast.

A couple of hot European ladies

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Another day on the Broadwater, on the right is Tova.

Adelaide 1988

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Jim Stanbury & Suzie in Adelaide, I was there for the Formula one in 1988, Jim used to work for me in Melbourne in 1970.

Come fly with me

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I was in Adelaide again in 1989, Jim took me for a spin to Victor Harbour and I actually took the controls for a while.

Allison Schroeder

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I clearly remember flying to Brisbane from Adelaide after the Formula one and being met at the airport by this beautiful 18 year old princess. We checked in to a hotel for 2 nights, ordered room service the first night then saw Billy Joel perform at Brisbane entertainment centre  the following night November 17.

In case you are wondering how a 44 year old guy could wind up with such a young babe, quite simple really, I promised her the world and bought her an atlas. 🙂

Relaxing on the broadwater

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