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My fantastic Gold Coast life 1999

July 31, 2016 by David Herd

Enjoying the last year of the 90s, please note, this is not part of my Travel Blog. It’s part of my personal online photo albums.

Gold Coast life 1999 Gold Coast life 1999 was not too different from previous tears except for the fact I was no longer working. In 1998 I decided to take a year off work and travel, little did I realise I would never go back to full time work again.

I have often wondered if I made the right decision to retire and travel the world. On one hand had I continued to work for another 6 or 7 years I obviously would have been far better off financially, however on the flip side I can never replace the wonderful years of travel I enjoyed during those years.  Consequently looking back in 2016 I’m very happy with the decision I made. Take a look at my travel record for 1999 below. 🙂

An incredible year for travel

Gold Coast life 1999 The photo above was taken in Koh Samui with Francesca & Barbara from Florence. In 1999 I had three trips to Thailand, February, August & December, my first trip to Rio for Carnival in February was part of an around the world adventure with my friend Larry Krausz. Another fabulous 2 month around the world trip in November included Los Angeles, Las Vegas Miami, Mexico City, Bolivia, Brazil, (Rio, Iguazu falls & Salvador) Paris & Thailand.

Kathy was a regular visitor

Gold Coast life 1999 A simple phone call would result in an hour or so of passion, priceless. 🙂

A little more of Kathy

Kathy Calder Without a doubt Kathy had one of the hottest bodies I have ever seen. 🙂

 Lots of parties lots of girls, Narrelle, Simone & Kushler.

Gold Coast life 1999 All through the 90s and beyond the parties never stopped.

Myoung-sook a nice Korean lady

Gold Coast life 1999

Myoung and I spent some time together in 1999.

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she was quite a keen golfer.

Lorrie & Leonie

Gold Coast life 1999 I took Lorrie & Leonie boating, they were two Canadians visiting the Gold Coast.

Dinner at Ashmore Steak & Seafood

David Herd Thailand This popular restaurant always ensured you never left hungry.

 Narrelle, Jack Delanty and Larry Krausz NYE 1998

Gold Coast life 1999 The celebrations were at Sylvester’s on Chevron Island.

Lollipops at Sylvester’s

Gold Coast life 1999 Evelyn & Tina love sucking Chuppa Chups. 🙂

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Natasha & Alex

Gold Coast life 1999 New Years Eve 1998 and the girls are feeling no pain. 🙂

Nindie at Marina Mirage

Gold Coast life 1999 Nindie had a restaurant called Isobar at the Marina Mirage.

 My best friend Ziggy

Gold Coast life 1999 My beautiful Doberman waiting for me to dock at the jetty.

Rick Felsing from Sydney

Gold Coast life 1999 Tucking into freshly caught mud crabs washed down with a Margaret white.

Dinner & red wine with beautiful Akiko

Gold Coast life 1999

Beautiful Akiko is one of the most gorgeous Japanese girls I have ever met.

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Talking about gorgeous meet Aurora

Gold Coast life 1999

In my opinion the most gorgeous Melbas girl ever.

Melbas on the Park

Gold Coast life 1999 Surfers Paradise most iconic bar ever.

Mother’s day 1999

Gold Coast life 1999 My beautiful mother Iris Joyce Herd, my brother Ian & his wife Sandra, Adam one of their sons & Myoung my Korean girlfriend.

 Rossco, one of the happiest guys I know.

Gold Coast life 1999 I count Ross Kennedy as one of my best friends, we had so many great times together. Certainly one of our most memorable adventures was our road trip trip to Melbourne in 1996, to check it out just follow THIS LINK.

Thinking back to my 25 years on the Gold Coast there were just so many highlights, I’m really very happy to be able to re-live them through my FiveStarVagabond photo blog.

Through all those years I remember having a hand full of good friends and many many acquaintances. Due to my reasonably abrasive personality there were also many people that couldn’t stand me. My message to them is quite simple, see below.

Gold Coast life 1999

Having said all that let’s get back to 1999. 🙂

Jimmy Bell & the smokers

Gold Coast life 1999 Another Sunday session at my Upton St home, Jim “HO HO” Bell rented a room at my home for 17 years.

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Emily used to be a meter maid

Gold Coast life 1999 And yes the silly tattoo is a temporary one from Thailand. 🙂

Ray Shultz & Phil “Swifty” Gregory

Gold Coast life 1999 Swifty actually wound up marrying Emily and produced a couple of fine sons. I owe thanks to Ray for introducing me to Kathy who you saw at the start of this post.

Farewell Colleen

Gold Coast life 1999 Colleen was leaving Saks bar & restaurant, owners Duncan McGuiness & Steve are wishing her well.

Phil Thomson, another great friend.

Gold Coast life 1999 Phil has always been a Porsche lover, these days in 2016 he has a Boxter sitting in the garage.

 Talking about cars, here are my beauties

 photo Beauty amp the beast.jpg It was a very difficult decision to decide which one to drive. 🙂

Ziggy & my boat

Gold Coast life 1999 You had to have all the toys & props to stand out on the Gold Coast, to be honest 50% of the people I met were fairly shallow individuals & easily impressed. Then again the same probably applies to other Australian cities as well. 🙂

Main Beach blondes

Gold Coast life 1999 Catie, Marina & Kylie were waitresses at a popular Main Beach cafe.

Mike Wood, Greg Craig and Dave Allen.

 photo Mike20Wood20Greg20Craig20amp20Dave20Allen.jpg A few drinks at Melbas in as we did so many times over the years, it was simply Gold Coast life 1999.

Sweet Myumi

Gold Coast life 1999 Well that’s all folks from Myumi & I, thanks for visiting my Gold Coast life 1999 photo blog. It’s now August 2016 and I get a huge kick from re-living some of these incredible years through my photo blogs. I just can’t believe what a fortunate life I have had. 🙂

                 Here are some more posts on my wild wicked ways. :)

                   Life 2015                  Family history                   Life 1982

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  Adelaide 1972                 Iron Bar Freddy               Sydney 2006

David Herd Australia          Big Tim Bristow          Lobster mornay at the Freeway photo April24FreewayHotel-33.jpg

  Thailand 2008                Gold Coast Babes               World trip 2003

David Herd Thailand         David Herd Gold Coast          Copacabana beach

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Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek 1996

July 16, 2016 by David Herd

Road trip in my 928 Porsche

Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek

 Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek & Hunter valley in 1996 was one of my all time great road trips. What made the trip so great was the companionship and humour provided by my great friend Ross Kennedy. As much as I would love to give you some examples of many bizarre events, I will evoke the rule “what happens on tour stays on tour”. 🙂

Please note, this is not part of my Travel Blog. It’s part of my personal history

The beast is polished and ready to go

Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek The 928 was the perfect car for a long distance road trip, comfort and power to burn.

Overnight in Tenterfield

Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek I have an afternoon appointment in Lismore so we were late getting on the road, it was freezing cold on the New England Highway so we stopped for the night in Tenterfield.

Fabulous Tenterfield homestead

Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek After Tenterfield it was an easy run down the New England Highway to the Hunter Valley.

We had non stop music blasting on the CD this is the one I mainly remember.

The Hunter Valley in NSW

Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek

We stayed at Peppers in the Hunter Valley and toured some of the vineyards including Tyrrell’s.

Peppers guest house

Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek

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 Big Tim Bristow

Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek

 Next stop was Sydney where I introduced Ross to Big Tim Bristow who used to be a well known stand-over man. Rossco has always been fascinated with the world of gangsters. 🙂

We had a couple of great nights in Sydney which included many drinks at the Hilton Hotel and coffee with friends in Double Bay.


Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek A fuel stop at Gundagai on the way to Falls Creek.

Ready to hit the slopes

Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek We hit the slopes with a vengeance and had some monumental pile ups. Conditions were good so we would ski for a couple of hours in the morning then spend the afternoon and evening drinking the bar dry.

Set em up Joe

Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek We made the mistake of having one drink from every bottle behind the bar, a recipe for disaster if ever there was one. 🙂

And the final result was…..

Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek Here we are totally flyblown in the snow at Falls Creek. We had a terrific few days, drinking too much and  having some of the most spectacular falls ever seen at Fall’s Creek. Little did I realise after this 1996 adventure I would never ski again.

After falls Creek we headed down the highway to Melbourne.

 The Sharks Fin Inn

Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek

This gorgeous girl Jaqui O’Brien actually lived in my house for a few months in 1987,  she then worked with me for a short time in 1998. A lovely lady until she had one drink too many, she then turned into a nightmare. Rossco came up with a classic name for her, “Jacqui Petrol”. 🙂

Stokehouse in St Kilda.

Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek Lunch with Jaqui at the Stokehouse in St Kilda.

Chappel St Melbourne

Sydney Melbourne Falls Creek Drinks with Rossco’s friends in South Yarra, from the left Ross Kennedy aka “Shoeless Joe Jackson, David Herd aka “The Cincinnati Kid”, Craig Belcher and Johnny Mac.

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Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

January 8, 2016 by David Herd

Melbas on the Park

David Herd Thailand Melbas Gold Coast Legacy is a huge part of Surfers Paradise folklore. Here is my photo record spanning over 25 years showing my friends and I having fun at this iconic nightclub and bar in Surfers Paradise. In the early 80s it was also one of the best restaurants due to the expertise of owner/manager the late great Paul Allen.

My Melba’s three L scenario, Legends were made, Lies were told, Ladies were pursued. 🙂

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from Surfers Paradise Australia.

New Years Eve 1990 Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy On the left is Tony Fazio who was manager at the time, now living in Perth I believe, on the right is Steve Jones one of the legendary bouncers who sadly passed away far too young, RIP.

Adam & Eve

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

Actually it is David and I think her name was Amanda but don’t hold me to it. A cocktail waitress who was a very sexy lady.

Dinner before we hit Melbas

David Herd Gold Coast In those days there was a Japanese restaurant next door where I regularly had dinner before hitting the club. Melbas was only on the 2nd floor then, downstairs was all shops.

 Paul’s son Dave Allen part of Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

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Dave is a terrific guy, in 1990 he was working behind the bar, in later years he was General manager.

Another New Years Eve around 90/91

David Herd fivestarvagabond Harley Bradstreet one of my greatest long time friends, no Melba’s blog would be complete without him. For a while in the 90s he was actually one of the chefs there, it’s still unknown how many diners were rushed to hospital after eating one of his creations, forgive me mate I’m only joking.

A mutual friend of ours Southport solicitor Larry Wilson coined a famous phrase regarding Harley, he said “anyone can have a bad decade”. That really summed it up beautifully, I often used to refer to this great little guy as my own personal disaster area, but a nicer guy than you could never meet.  Narrelle with the great smile worked behind the bar and was Tony Fazzio’s main squeeze at the time, a few years later I recall introducing her to her future husband, Jack Delanty, a one eyed Collingwood supporter from Melbourne.

 July 7 1992

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy July 7 1992 was my birthday so naturally we celebrated at Melbas. Great friend Andre Buzek on the left was dentist on Chevron Island who was always offering cut price dental work to any sexy young lady who crossed his path. Sadly Andre lost his life in a car accident in Cuba about 4 or 5 years after this photo was taken.

Greg Johnstone on the right now lives in Thailand as I do, we occasionally have a beer together. At the back are Roger Williams and Len Jones, Roger went back to Adelaide and Len now lives in Sydney, the name of the girls eludes me.

A very happy bunch of people

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy The young guy at the back is Justin, another one of Paul Allen’s sons.

The legend himself in 1992

Paul Allen Melbas

Paul was larger than life and ran Melbas with an iron fist. I originally met him when he was head waiter at Eliza’s restaurant in Cavil Avenue. Two of his customers financed Paul into Melbas around 1981, they saw potential in the way Paul interacted with customers and figured he could develop the best restaurant night club on the coast, they were right.

I vividly recall my first visit on January 1st 1982, we had a huge night on Sydney harbour on New Years Eve which ended at dawn, so on the spur of the moment we flew to the Gold Coast checked into St Tropez in Orchard and wound up at Melbas that evening.

At the start Melbas was 75% restaurant and 25% night club separated by a glass wall. Even though the restaurant was top class each passing year saw it get smaller and the nightclub bigger until it disappeared altogether.

An article from the “Age” in May 1981

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy The whole paper and other articles can be seen here.

Grahame aka “Biff”, Kitty & Helen Burke.

Sydney 1982 flying high

January 1982 a couple of days after we arrived the party continued on the Gold Coast. The new sexy girl in the middle was “Kitty” a totally uninhibited Dutch girl who I knew from Sydney, but that’s another story.  🙂 Helen Burke on the right was soon to become my new girlfriend, in November 2014 I visited her at her winery at Dromana in the state of Victoria, my how time flies when you are having fun. The big guy is Graham La Roche aka “the Biff”, a legend in his own lunch time.:)

Lets jump forward to the year 2000

David Herd Melbas memories

One of Paul Allen’s rules was to hire the best looking girls to work behind the bar, in my book the best of them all was Aurora. She is definitely part of Melbas Gold Coast Legacy.

The usual suspects Xmas 2000.

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy From the left we have Jim Bell, John Sinclair, David Herd and Tony Murphy. Jim rented a room in my home for 15 years from 1995. John moved to Thailand around 2001 and Tony still lives on the Gold Coast.

Lovely Kerry

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

Xmas 2000 and kerry was one of the head girls, I first met her when she was a waitress at the Boardroom, a well known Southport gentlemen’s club. From memory after Melbas she moved to Koi at Broadbeach, a lovely lady with a great personality.

A definite highlight in 2000

Skye Edwards from Launceston

One of the most gorgeous ladies I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, Skye Edwards from Launceston.

Skye-Jilly Edwards (born c. 1972) is an Australian beauty pageant titleholder who won the Miss Globe International 1994 in Istanbul, Turkey and represented her country in the Miss World 1994 pageant in Sun City, South Africa. She was rated in the top 50 models in Australia by Ralph Magazine.

Perfect except for one small thing

David Herd at Melbas Yes, Skye was a smoker, come to think of it so was I in 2000. I finally quit for good 2 years later.

Here is an article on Skye’s current life.

Melbourne Cup 2004 with Michelle

David Herd Melbas memories You could always guarantee the best eye candy on the coast would wind up at Melba’s on Melbourne cup day.

 The Butterbean Brothers in 2005

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy Two legends in their own lunch time, the Butterbean brothers aka Larry Krausz & Ross Kennedy. Larry just moved to Pattaya on November 28 2015 and is now my neighbour. (Sadly our buddy Larry passed away in January 2017 after suffering a major stroke in Thailand October 28th 2016)  Rossco originally from Melbourne where he sold hot dogs outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and is now a mover and shaker on the Gold Coast. He quit his holdings in Surfers Paradise strip clubs and restaurants to become the glass splash-back King of the Coast. We have a long & happy history together with the highlight being a legendary road trip to Sydney, Falls Creek & Melbourne in 1996. What an incredible year 1996 was, read all about it here.

 December 2003 Xmas lunch.

 photo Xmas lunch at Melbas 2.jpg Sadly two old friends in this photo have passed away. Second from the left Ron Collier died April 26 2012. I first met Ron in Melbourne in the 70s before he & Yvonne moved to Byron Bay, a great character who loved life to the max. Second on the left is Noel Smith a regular Melba’s customer who passed away in 2011.

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Graham La Roche aka “The Biff”.

 Graham La Roche A true Aussie legend, I also met Graham in Melbourne in the 70s, as his nickname suggests he was a hell of a fighter. Fought with the famous Jimmy Sharman’s boxing troupe throughout Victoria in the 60s and was never defeated. Graham was on-board by boat in Sydney Harbour on New Years Eve 1981 when we got smashed by fireworks because I stupidly anchored in the drop zone, read about it here.

For many years Graham has run a successful tiling business at Carrara on the Gold Coast.

Historic photo from National Library of Australia

 Juimmy Sharman Troup

 Lovely Linda in 2005

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I think this beautiful lady was Maltese, I only wish I was 20 years younger and 4 times wealthier.

Melbourne Cup 2006.

 photo z Melbourne Cup at Melbas 2006 4.jpg Important evens were always celebrated at Melba’s, here I am with good friends David Robertson aka “Chocolates” and Phil Thomson aka “Baldrick“. Chocs was famous for the huge volume of “Forsters Light” he would consume daily while Baldrick was famous for……… nothing really. 🙂

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Xmas 2006

 photo z Xmas lunch at melbas 2006 8.jpg Here is my good mate Craig Sulzberger aka “Sudzi”, this was around the time we were planning to visit Rio de Janeiro for Carnival in 2008.  We also had a great time in Florianopolis and Balneário Camboriú.

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Xmas 2006 Greg Craig aka “Noodles van Cleef”.

Greg Craig Another terrific old friend who was a regular member of our Melba’s drinking crew. Also known as “Coupons” which he collects to swap for free stuff. 🙂

Another gorgeous staff member

Xmas lunch at melbas  Service with a smile.

2007, German and gorgeous.

David Herd Thailand Not only gorgeous but a sparkling personality as well. I can’t remember her unusual name, Zea or something like that.

Looks more Italian than German to me.

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A great smile and a wonderful Roman nose she looks more Italian than German to me.

2007 Alan Jones

 photo DH ET amp AJ -2007.jpg Twice world Formula 1 champion, a true living legend if ever there was one. Pictured here with myself and well known Gold Coast sycophant David Hoskit.

My birthday 2008

David Herd Thailand As I said previously all important events were celebrated at Melbas. One of the clowns, I think it was Noodles decided I was old enough for a wheelchair. I can guarantee one thing for sure, Chocs would not have paid for that bottle of red, & everybody who knows him would agree with me. 🙂

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Just so cute

 photo Melbas20AFL20dinner202009202.jpg  It was 2009 and I think her name was Linda, another one of the super cute Melba’s bar staff.

Dani Tobin, a real wild child.

Dani Tobin 2009 photo Danielle 4.jpg Over the 25 years of drinking at Melba’s I met some wild crazy ladies, and Dani certainly makes it into my top 10. I see her occasionally on Facebook and she seems to have quietened down a little little, hopefully we may catch up again one day. This photo is from 2009.

The usual suspects in 2008

 photo IMG_1895.jpg We usually met around 5pm most days and left around 7 pm to sneak home dodging the breathalyser.

2008 Drinks for my AFL tipping comp

 photo Melbas footy drinks 010.jpg I ran an Australian Rules tipping competition for around 10 years and Melba’s were one of our sponsors.

2009 AFL footy tipping dinner

2009 AFL footy tipping dinner photo Melbas AFL dinner 5.jpg  Here is part of the mob at our end of year dinner in 2009.

Straight out of the Folies Bergère

 photo 2008 3 - Copy.jpg Another gorgeous drink waitress who contributed to Melbas Gold Coast Legacy.

I’m including this song just because I like it.

It’s a happy song and for some strange reason it makes me think of all the happy times I had at Melba’s.

 Isabella Rovai and Marilia Costa

 photo Beautiful Brazilian girls.jpg These two beautiful Brazilian girls worked behind the bar in 2011.

Another knockout

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Is it any wonder we made Melbas our local pub?

Rolando Hanipale

 photo IMG_9578.jpg Rolando was one of the big happy bouncers at Melbas.

Another Legend Lloyd Ross 2009

Lloyd Ross 2009 photo IMG_2279.jpg When and why did Lloyd become a legend you may well ask? Well sometime around the turn of the century Lloyd relocated his office from Bundall to 50 Cavil Avenue right next door to Melbas. I am sure that no other customer has ever spent more in this bar than Lloyd, for a start most days from 11 am he would conduct his business in the south east corner of the bar surrounded by various friends and associates. He would normally pull up stumps around 6 pm and head home to Main Beach.

One memorable evening around 2007 Lloyd was enjoying himself so much he stayed on much later until the place was jumping. The crowd in the bar at that time was several hundred, so without any fanfare he ordered 800 shooters at a cost of $5,000, guaranteeing his place in Melba’s on the Park folklore for evermore.

Ross Kennedy September 24 2011

 photo Rossco Sept 24 2011.jpg Only a few days before making my huge life changing move to Thailand I started having farewell drinks at my favourite bar with my favourite friends.

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My last visit November 2014

 photo Melbas on the park 2014 2.jpg After my road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road I flew to the Gold Coast to catch up with friends and family. Phil Thomson and I kept alive our tradition of drinks at Melbas on Melbourne day.

That’s all folks for Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

 photo Farewell David 001.jpg A final gathering of the usual suspects before leaving for Thailand. I hope you enjoyed my Melbas Gold Coast Legacy post.

Here is Glenn to describe how I now feel in April 2016.

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Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley

June 10, 2015 by David Herd

 Please note, this is not part of my Travel Blog. It’s part of my personal history.

Tyrrel’s Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Tyrrels

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley in 1996 started on the Gold Coast where I was living life to the max. The highlight was a great road trip in my Porsche 928 with good friend Ross Kennedy to the Hunter Valley, Sydney, Falls Creek & Melbourne. Also caught up with an old friend from the Gold Coast Jill McCrossan, one very sexy lady.

Talking about sexy ladies

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley

Well Emily certainly was in that category.

Please note, this is not part of my Travel Blog. It’s part of my personal history, check it out if you wish, also note this post contains nudity, so if you are bothered by naked humans please leave now.

Drinks at Saks

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley Drinks at Saks before going to the Ray White ball at the Sheraton Mirage. From the left we have a girl whose name I forget, then Phil (Swifty) Gregory, Claudia Scrupin, Duncan McGuiness, Emily and yours truly David Herd.

Little did they realise at the time but Swifty and Emily would marry and have a couple of kids.

 Great photo, if I say so myself. 🙂

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Such a beautiful big smile.

Saks was our main haunt

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley Saks was a great bar at Main Beach owned by Duncan McGuiness and Steve Solomon. Their main business was building upmarket housing estates. A couple of very nice guys who sadly  went broke around 2011 and their company Solmac went into liquidation.

Saks with Eugene and Debbie.

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley

Saks with Eugene and Debbie. This was a memorable night at Saks, I watched as Plugger Lockhart kicked a famous point to put the Swans into the Grand Final.

One of the hottest babes in 1996

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley

I met Donna Turner in Sydney when she was 18 yo, even after various husbands and 3 or 4 children she still looks as hot as ever, especially in my kitchen. 🙂

Hot Hot Hot in Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley

It is now 20 years later in 2016 and Donna is still a hot chick.

The technicolour team

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Duncan McGuiness, Jim Bell, Ross Kennedy and David Herd.

At the polo

Sydney Melbourne Hunter ValleyThese two gorgeous babes were known as Lushy and Mushy, can’t remember their real names. 🙂

Ami and Alan Pearson.

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Alan was a friend of mine when I lived in Adelaide in the 70s, he now earns his living as a musician in Airlie Beach.

Mami & Mariko

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley

Two gorgeous Japanese girls who often called into my home in Upton St for drinks and fun.

I did mention fun didn’t I? 🙂 🙂 🙂

sexy-Japanese girl

Everybody loves Tim Tams.

Billy James & Allison Schroeder

 photo BillyJamesampAllison.jpg Billy was a well known Gold Coast real estate identity and Allison one of the sexiest chicks in town.

Allison 18 yo in in 1987

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I was lucky enough to take Allison out a few times in 1987 my first year living on the Gold Coast. Although I was about 25 years older than her I used the “tried & true” technique, I promised her the world and bought her an atlas. 🙂

Visiting Tim in Sydney

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley

Ross Kennedy and I took a road trip in my Porsche to Falls Creek for some skiing, stopping on the way at the Hunter Valley & Sydney. I knew about Rossco’s fascination with gangsters and the underworld so naturally I took him to meet Big Tim Bristow at his home in Newport.

Tim’s beast

 photo Tims20dog.jpg We were there an hour or two listening to some of Tim’s stories most of which I had heard before many times. As usual Tim’s phone never stopped ringing, but there was one call Ross & I will never forget. Roger Rogerson was in many ways more notorious than Tim, he was known for being a ruthless crooked cop who shot first and asked questions later, the most famous case being where he shot and killed Warren Lanfranchi in a back alley in Chippendale.

Oaks Hotel with old friends

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley

Derek Pugh, Ian Rich & Paul Slaughter, Pauls sister on the left and his girlfriend Clode on the right.

Falls creek, let the games begin.

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley  We had a terrific few days, drinking too much and  having some of the most spectacular falls ever seen at Fall’s Creek. Little did I realise after this 1996 adventure I would never ski again.


 photo Melbourneboys.jpg Drinks with Rossco’s friends in South Yarra, from the left Ross Kennedy aka “Shoeless Joe Jackson, David Herd aka “The Cincinnati Kid”, Craig Belcher and Johnny Mac.

Yum Cha in Chinatown

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley

This gorgeous girl Jaqui O’Brien actually lived in my house for a few months in 1987,  she then worked with me for a short time in 1998. A lovely lady until she had one drink too many, she then turned into a nightmare. Rossco came up with a classic name for her, “Jacqui Petrol”. 🙂

Rossco & DH

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The high rollers have hit town. 🙂

On the subject of gorgeous girls

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Meet Jill McCrossan, another super hot chick I was lucky enough to be involved with.

Felling no pain

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I’m too sexy for my shirt. 🙂

A day at the beach in Coffs Harbour

Jill at Coffs harbour

We had a great couple of days at Tony Murphy’s apartment, the spa was excellent. 🙂

Both sides look great


A great view from every direction.

 Meanwhile back on the Gold Coast

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Natalina from the coast and Rodney Rosenfeld from Melbourne.

John Sinclair & John Cece

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Both these guys moved from Adelaide to the Gold Coast, they were good friends and now mortal enemies. 🙂

Great fun in Manila

David Herd Thailand Here I am with Simone and Doug Ritchie in some club in Makati. 🙂

Pascal, Junko and Rene

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley Pascal was gorgeous girl, 1/2 French & 1/2 Vietnamese, Junko is the Japanese wife of my good friend Phil Thomson and Rene was a rather sexy Australian girl. 🙂

And the beat goes on

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley This is a rather significant photo, on the left is Larry Krausz, a good friend to all of us. It’s now 2017 and he is fighting a huge battle in Robina hospital on the Gold Coast. Larry suffered a major stroke on October 28th in Pattaya where he had been living large for almost a year. Our best wishes are with Larry, hopefully he will recover enough to lead a comfortable life.

Maybe one more look at Donna

Donna Turner Gold Coast Certainly one of the sexiest ladies ever to decorate my kitchen. 🙂

One more shot of lovely Emily

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley

As you can see Emily was a total knockout.

New Years Eve at Mustang Sally’s.

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley One of my regular Main Beach haunts.

Farewell folks

Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley Thanks for visiting my Sydney Melbourne Hunter Valley photo blog.

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Hyde Park Kensington London

May 19, 2015 by David Herd

Coffee by the lake

Hyde Park Kensington London Hyde Park Kensington London has something for everyone. You can enjoy swimming, boating, cycling and skating. There are pitches for team games, tennis courts, tracks for horse riding and a spectacular children’s playground. The Park has two lakeside restaurants which are licensed and serve everything from a three-course meal to a quick cup of coffee.

The Serpentine

Hyde Park Kensington London Although it is common to refer to the entire body of water as the Serpentine, strictly the name refers only to the eastern half of the lake.

Beautiful gardens

Hyde Park Kensington London Hyde Park London covering 142 hectares (350 acres) and with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens.

Peaceful paradise in the heart of the city

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A beautiful oasis in the middle of London.

Interesting tree

Hyde Park Kensington London

An amazing tree.

Peaceful setting

Hyde Park Kensington London

Hyde park is a must to see if you are in this great city.

I wonder who lives here?

Hyde Park Kensington London

There are so many photo opportunities here in Hyde Park.

Look closely you may see a puppy.

Hyde Park Kensington London Puppy, what puppy? I don’t see a puppy.

Wellington Arch

Wellington Arch Wellington Arch, also known as Constitution Arch or the Green Park Arch, is a triumphal arch located to the south of Hyde Park in central London.

Hyde Park Kensington London Cafe

Hyde Park Kensington London

A perfect peaceful and serene location to relax and enjoy a coffee.

Another cafe restaurant

Hyde Park Kensington London

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Playboy photo shoot 1998

May 15, 2015 by David Herd

Life in 1998 was very good

Playboy photo shoot Playboy photo shoot 1998 at my home in Upton St was just one of the highlights of another great year. This was the start of my love affair with Thailand, I started making multiple trips to this fascinating country. I had decided to take a year off work to focus on travel, little did I realise I would never go back to full time work ever again.

Please note, this is not part of my Travel Blog. It’s part of my personal history, check it out if you wish, also note this post contains nudity, so if you are bothered by naked humans please leave now.

Fishing for mud crabs

QLD mud crab One of Australia’s true delicacies are QLD mud crabs, here are two monsters I caught in a trap from my jetty at home.

My wonderful view

Playboy photo shoot I built my beautiful 330 square metre waterfront home in 1990, then in 2004 I foolishly added a 2nd story to increase the size to 502 M2.

Kelly and my yellow canary

Playboy photo shoot

My yellow Mercedes Sports was certainly a chick magnet as you can clearly see. 🙂

Beauty and the Beast

Playboy photo shoot My German fleet, ageing playboys like myself need all the toys to attract the fairer sex.

Sonia was attracted

Playboy photo shoot Sadly however she was attracted to the Porsche not me. 🙂


To borrow a phrase from George Bush

David Herd friends What a bunch of “evil doers”. John Hunjadi, Larry Krausz and Ross Kennedy.

Larry Krausz, Jack Delanty and Jim Bell aka Ho Ho.

Playboy photo shoot

These lads really loved a drink or 3. 🙂

Cathy was a waitress at Saks

Playboy photo shoot

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What a knockout she was, blonde and beautiful.

Claudia at Saks

Playboy photo shoot Claudia also worked at Saks which was our main drinking spot in 1998. I would travel there in my boat and park right outside the restaurant.

McIntosh Park Main Beach

Playboy photo shoot

Main Beach was a great location for restaurants and bars, now in 2016 I hear it has become a ghost town.

Felix at Main Beach.

Playboy photo shoot With Larry Krausz and Jim Bell, note my packet of cigarettes on the bar. Felix was one of the trendy bars owned by our friend Ross Kennedy. This location is now Shuck restaurant and bar, still trendy and rather expensive.

Susan and Yola with Tony Murphy

Playboy photo shoot Two nice Filipino girls with my old friend Tony Murphy.

Playboy photo shoot

Playboy photo shoot

A photographer I knew was looking for a location to take some glamour shots for Australian Playboy. Naturally I offered my beautiful waterfront home on the understanding I could hang around (with my camera) and watch action. The model was a gorgeous friendly blonde from Brisbane, I wish I could remember her name. 🙂

This is my favourite

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 This really is one of my all time favourite photos.

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Finally, here is Kathy from Main Beach

     Playboy photo shoot

Kathy never appeared in Playboy but she was often in the Gold Coast Bulletin “personal” column. 🙂

Kathy from the other side

One more  look

Both front and back is terrific.

Thanks for visiting my  1998 album

Playboy photo shoot

I’ll let Glenn Frey leave you with my message to all my friends.

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Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

May 13, 2015 by David Herd

Dinner on my Jetty

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997 Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997, never a dull moment, the year was rather significant heralding the last year I actually had a job. I decided to take a year off work and travel, little did I realise I would never really work again.

In the photo I’m having dinner with friends on my jetty at my beautiful Gold Coast home at 106 Upton St Bundall. On the left is “the Doc” with his 16 yo concubine Rachel, Ross & Mariana Kennedy and Mary Simpson who I recently  found again online living in Amsterdam.

This it not part of my travel blog, just part of my personal photo & travel history from 2000.

Posing in my Porsche

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

A few months after this shot Rachel gave the Doc aka Michel Grey the flick & hooked up with Wendell Sailor from the Brisbane Broncos.. 🙂 🙂 🙂

One more did you say?

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

How sweet she is.

A great look in front of the fire

Gold Coast life Another name that alludes me, but once again it’s the photo that matters.

Adelaide with old friends

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997 Grahame Farquhar and Flo and the Brookers in Adelaide, good friends from when I lived in Adelaide in the early 70s. We caught up again when I visited Adelaide in October 2014.

Fatty Francis

Bob Francis Big Bob Francis was a well known DJ, much later he became a “shock Jock” and finally retired in 2013. Robert Neville “Bob” Francis OAM is a former talk back radio presenter on South Australian radio station 5AA. His program aired between 8 pm and 12 midnight weekdays and was rated as Adelaide’s most popular talk back program.

Sadly Bob passed away in 2016, RIP buddy.

Lunch at Lynch’s in South Yarra.

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997 We have just returned from a trip to Bali where we stayed in Albert Mantello’s beautiful waterfront home. Albert is in the middle beside Paul Lynch who owned the famous restaurant and Ross Ansell a well known Melbourne character.

Albert Mantello and Paul Lynch.

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997 The guys spent a weekend at my home on the Gold Coast, they both loved their wine. It looks to me like a bottle of Tyrrell’s Long Flat Red. 🙂

 Adele is one very gorgeous babe.

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

My last job was a short stint as an editor for a tourist magazine call Today Tonight and Tomorrow. Not much of a job but great side benefits like hiring and photographing sexy babes like Adele. 🙂

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AFL Grand Final

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997 St Kilda played Adelaide at the MCG in front of 99,645 people and lost by 31 points.

Master Chef

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

The semi naked Master chef, chilli mud-crab I caught and cooked myself.

Karen Underwood

Gold Coast life

My lovely ex girlfriend from 1991, after all these years we remained friends.

Sunday session at Upton St Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

Another Sunday lunch at Upton St.

Jaunita and Butch

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

What a beautiful face, and I don,t mean Butch aka Ian Campbell. 🙂

 Jaunita featured in my Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

Absolutely beautiful.

 Donna Turner

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997

Another smoking hot babe, she certainly made my kitchen look glamorous. 🙂

Lets finish as we started

Wonderful Gold Coast life 1997 Relaxing in the spar with Simone, a gorgeous girl and a bottle of Stollies, Gold Coast life in 1997 was pretty bloody good. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Bali Indonesia friends luxury home

June 17, 2014 by David Herd

Albert Mantello’s beautiful home

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home staying at the beautiful waterfront home owned by Albert Mantello who was an ex North Melbourne Aussie Rules footballer & North Melbourne football club president Allen Aylett, who was another famous footballer was there as well, plus Ron Joseph, a well know North Melbourne supporter and a players agent.

The Mantellos bought a long-term lease on a beach front property in the now fashionable Semanyak region and built a grand villa called Atas Ombak. It sleeps 10, boasts a pool, private beach, 5000 square metres of land and 25 staff including five cooks and its yours for $US1250-$US2000 a night depending on the season.

Villa Atas Ombak, Indonesian for “Villa On Top of The Waves”, is directly located on the beach only a few kilometres north of Legian. Featuring breathtaking views of Bali’s famous sunsets, the Villa encompasses an acre and a half of garden area, with over 100 meters of beach frontage. It also includes a large swimming pool, a main building with three bedrooms, a large entertainment pavilion that functions as an open-air living room, and two separate Ocean rooms. Located far enough away from the tourist crowds to ensure total privacy, this villa is still close enough to offer easy access to Bali’s favourite shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home

Bali Indonesia friends luxury homeWhat a fantastic setting for a Balinese massage, this is the way to live in Bali.

Bali Indonesia friends, lunch is served

Bali with friends

I was invited by my friend Ross Ansell who was a good friend of Alberts. Ross is at the head of the table, Albert is on the left. A huge bonus was Ettore who was the editor for a Melbourne Soccer magazine. He flew two models to Bali for a photo shoot. I really had a great time in Bali with friends both old & new.

Naturally I had to get among the action

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home Of course I had to hover around the photo shoots to see if I could pick up any tips. 🙂

Some of Albert’s many staff

Bali Indonesia friends

There were cooks, gardeners, carpenters, security, you name it, in Bali Albert had them all.

The Melbourne crew

Ron Joseph Alan Aylett

Ron Joseph and Alan Aylett, North Melbourne fanatics.

Ettore & Ross Ansell on the plane to Bali

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home

Two very nice Melbourne guys.

Cocktail time at Albert’s home

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home

Two gorgeous Melbourne girls, what about that magnificent black dress?

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 One of the many horse statues

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home There are many of these similar statues on or near roundabouts in Bali, this on is close to Kuta beach

Kupu Kupu Barong Villas And Tree Spa

Kupu Kupu Barong hotel

This is a wonderful hotel in the mountains at Ubud

Kapu Kapu Barong

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home A beautiful setting with views to die for.

Street market in Ubud

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home

As you can imagine everything here is rather inexpensive.

Great Bali golf hole

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home I can’t remember if I hit the green or not, probably not. 🙂

Hotel Serai on the coast

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home I think this Serai hotel may have changed its name. It was on the eastern shore of Bali at Candidasa, however while I was looking for it on Agoda I found this beautiful hotel The Rama Candidasa Resort.

My room was beside the pool

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home There is so much more to Bali than Kuta beach or Legian, there are some wonderful luxury resorts scattered along the coastline. So if you want to escape from the maddening crowds check out The Rama Candidasa Resort.

Reunion lunch at Lynch’s in Domain Rd South Yarra.

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home A short time after my Bali Indonesia friends adventure we gathered at the famous Lynch’s restaurant in Melbourne. I’m on the left beside Ross Ansell, then Albert Mantello & Paul Lynch the restaurant owner, not sure who the lady was, and finally Ettore on the right. Sadly this famous restaurant now does not exist after the retirement of founder Paul Lynch in December 2007.

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It would be 11 long years before I returned to Bali in 2008, and there is no way I had the same fun as I had at Albert’s beautiful home in 1997 with a fascinating group of people.

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Tim Bristow Iron-Bar Freddy Tropical Joe

June 13, 2014 by David Herd

Tim Bristow Iron-Bar Freddy Tropical Joe may seem like an unusual title for a post. This story took place in 1996 & revolves around some of Australia’s most notorious gangsters, stand-over men & a crooked cop.

The header photo was taken at my home at 31 Herbert avenue Newport where I lived from 1984 to 87.

Big Tim Bristow

Portrait of Tim Bristow

This terrific article by Greg Tingle describes the man far better than I can.

Tim Bristow RIP

Tim Bristow

I’m pleased to say that Tim Bristow was a friend of mine dating back from the time we met in 1971 when he was on my tail to give me a hiding, but that’s another story for later in this post. Let me tell you first how about the title of this post, IRON BAR FREDDY & TROPICAL JOE.

In 1996 my good mate Ross Kennedy and I took a road trip in my Porsche to Falls Creek for some skiing, stopping on the way at the Hunter Valley & Sydney. I knew about Rossco’s fascination with gangsters and the underworld so naturally I took him to meet Big Tim Bristow at his home in Newport.

We were there an hour or two listening to some of Tim’s stories most of which I had heard before many times. As usual Tim’s phone never stopped ringing, but there was one call Ross & I will never forget. Roger Rogerson was in many ways more notorious than Tim, he was known for being a ruthless crooked cop who shot first and asked questions later, the most famous case being where he shot and killed Warren Lanfranchi in a back alley in Chippendale.

From Wikipedia;

In 1981, Sally-Anne Huckstepp met and began a relationship with Warren Lanfranchi who was a heroin dealer and standover man who worked with Neddy Smith. In June 1981, Lanfranchi allegedly robbed a Sydney heroin dealer and later fired shots at a young policeman. In Neddy: the Life and Crimes of Arthur Stanley Smith, Smith claims that Lanfranchi asked him to negotiate a payment with then-Detective-Sergeant Roger Rogerson in order to escape being charged with the shooting. Smith claims that Rogerson had instructed him to drive Lanfranchi to a meeting with him and to disarm him in the car. Rogerson took eighteen police officers with him to the meeting. He claims that he was attempting to arrest Lanfranchi on suspicion of five bank robberies. At the meeting in Dangar Place, Chippendale, Rogerson shot and killed Lanfranchi. During the inquest into Lanfranchi’s death, Rogerson claimed self-defence. He was supported at the inquest by Smith and other police officers who were called as witnesses. The inquest found that on the balance of probabilities, Rogerson had been trying to arrest Lanfranchi, but refused to find he had acted in self-defence. The matter went to the Supreme Court and was the subject of investigations by the New South Wales Ombudsman and Internal Affairs. No action was brought against Rogerson and he was exonerated and commended for bravery.

Back to Tim’s phone call, as it turned out he was speaking to Roger Rogerson about a union problem at a work site in Parramatta, naturally we could only hear Tim’s side of the conversation.  After much discussion Tim finally said “don’t worry Roger everything has been fixed, I sent around Iron Bar Freddy and Tropical Joe to do the job.”

Now Rossco and I are pretty quick on the uptake, we knew exactly what Iron Bar Freddy was good at, but to this day we are still intrigued about Tropical Joe’s specialty, we had a lot of fun the rest of the trip speculating on what it could be.  We thought it was one of the funniest things we had ever heard, we even changed the display on our mobile phones, if Ross rang me his name would show Iron Bar Freddy and mine of course would show Tropical Joe.

Iron Bar Freddy & Tropical Joe.

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Roger Rogerson arrested

Roger Rogerson

May 27th 2014, POLICE will allege that Jamie Gao was allegedly shot twice in the chest by two former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara in a rented storage room.

Earlier today, the state’s most infamous former detective Rogerson limped into the dock at Bankstown Local Court charged with murdering student Gao.

A special late sitting was arranged to get Rogerson, 73, before a court after he was arrested earlier today.

Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara to stand trial for murder of Jamie Gao

Roger Caleb Rogerson !
(born 3 January 1941)!
DISGRACED Sydney detective Roger Rogerson has been charged with murder and the body found floating off Cronulla yesterday has been identified as missing Hurstville man, Jamie Gao.! Rogerson has also been charged with large commercial drug supply and appeared in Bankstown Local Court today. Rogerson did no apply for bail.! Rogerson Is a former Detective Sergeant of the New South Wales Police Force. He was convicted of perverting the course of justice and lying to the 1999 Police Integrity Commission. He was one of its most decorated officers, having received at least 13 awards for bravery, outstanding policeman-ship and devotion to duty
including the Peter Mitchell Trophy, the highest annual police award.! Rogerson is also known for his association with other NSW detectives who are reputed to have been corrupt, including Ray “Gunner” Kelly and Fred Krahe, and with a number of organised crime figures, including Arthur “Neddy” Smith, Graham John “Abo” Henry, Warren Lanfranchi, Robert Arthur “Bobby” Chapman, Paul “The Paddy” O’Halloran, John Tex Moran, and Christopher Dale Flannery. Neddy Smith was a convicted heroin dealer, rapist and armed robber who has claimed Rogerson gave him the “green light” to commit crimes in New South Wales. Henry and Lanfranchi were also heroin dealers and armed robbers, while Flannery specialised in contract killing.!


Roger Rogerson Interview | The Enforcer 

Murder trial jury discharged July 28 2015

February 1st 2016, the trial is about to begin.

Found guilty of murdering Sydney student Jamie Gao June 15 2016

Roger Rogerson

Roger Rogerson age 75 and co-accused Glen McNamara aged 57  had pleaded not guilty to murdering Jamie Gao in a Padstow storage facility on May 20, 2014. It took the jury just under a week to reach the guilty verdicts.

Here is the ABCs 7.30 report, fascinating viewing.


Rogerson and McNamara jailed for life

Follow the link above to see the judge hand down the sentence,  THIS LINK will take you to the Sky news report.

Ross & I at the Hunter Valley on the way to meet Tim.

Tim Bristow

Ross & I stopped at Tyrrells Vineyard on the way to Sydney.


Ross finally meets Tim

  Tim Bristow     Tim was 65 years old but still had an intimidating presence.  

Talking about an intimidating presence   Tim Bristow   Rossco got to sit on Tim’s couch with one of his dogs, the look on his face says it all.  

Finally after we arrived in Melbourne.

David Herd Thailand After a fantastic road trip via the Hunter Valley, Sydney & Falls Creek we arrive in Melbourne. Here we are in a Chapel St pub with two of Rossco’s friends.

Tim was a Rugby player.

  Tim Bristow  

There is a forum that discusses “the hardmen of Australian rugby”, here is what one of the guys said about Tim;  

Hard men would include Tony Shaw, Sam Scott-Young, Rod “Slaughter” McCall, as well as others mentioned above, particularly Pricey, who played through his tour of the British Isles with a hernia. But the toughest of them all was that big bastard, Tim Bristow. If he had had an ounce of self-discipline, he would have been a Wallaby great. His Gordon partner-in-crime, Ken Yanz, was also a thug. Of course, in those days, there were no assistant referees, or video recordings – you could do pretty much anything you liked.


Life & times of Tim Bristow.

  Life of Tim Bristow  

 “I grabbed the guy with the gun and introduced him to the wall”.

Tim loved relating stories about himself especially when he played the part of the hero which was the case in most of his tales. My favorite one of all time revolves around the time the underworld bosses put a contract on his head for some reason or other which I can’t recall. We were sitting in his kitchen and as usual Tim had a cleaning cloth close by in case I (or anybody) happened to accidentally leave a smudge or mark on any visible surface, he was paranoid about cleanliness, as well as many other things. Tim recalled how he tried many times to have the contract lifted but each time his request was refused. He then said “it was a Friday night and I knew they were waiting for me here in this very room”. He paused for effect and continued, “I crashed through the kitchen door and the first slug caught me here”.  He shoved his very large head close to mine and pointed to a scar on his forehead, and then said “so I grabbed the guy with the gun and introduced him to the wall”. He continued on with the story, “I grabbed the second guy and held his head on the kitchen bench and “cracked it like a nut”. Now Tim had one of those hinged flaps in the kitchen which you lifted to walk behind the counter, this is what he used to immobilize the second guy. Finally he said, “I turned around to grab the third guy but he had bolted”. The upshot of this resulted in the gangsters lifting the contract, it seems they figured if three guys could not take out the “Big Fellow” he deserved another chance.

The road to Berrima

Tim Bristow I visited Tim on several occasions when he was doing time in Berrima Jail, the one time that really sticks in my mind was Boxing Day 1986 or 1987, I’m not sure which. I signed into the jail as a visitor and Tim asked in his deep gravelly booming voice “listen Dave I have a friend who does not get any visitors would you mind signing him out of his cell?” Obviously I was not going to refuse this simple request so I did. I have forgotten the guy’s name so let’s just call him John. So the three of us were sitting on one side of a table with his friend between us enjoying our BBQ lunch. Tim leaned his huge head forward and asked “do you know what John is “in for?” Three things to note here are, 1. Years ago Tim suffered a minor stroke and one side of his face had fallen slightly and had no feeling, (more about that later) 2. He didn’t just speak, “he roared.” 3. He had quite a warped sense of humor. J So repeating his question “do you know what John is “in for?” I answered “no Tim, I don’t have any idea.” So in his best booming voice he said “AXE MURDERER, HE KILLED TWO PEOPLE WITH AN AXE”,  ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ! So picture this, here I’m sitting next to a guy with a steak knife in his hand after being informed he was a double axe murderer. I sort of lost my appetite for the rest of my lunch. I kept thinking on my drive home from Berrima how the authorities probably now had my name associated, not only with the notorious Tim Bristow but a double axe murderer as well. 🙂

Tim at the Newport Arms 1983

Newport Arms Hotel

Tim ruled the roost at the Newport Arms.

  Steve Bristow

Steve Bristow On the right is Tim’s son Steven in 1992, thankfully Steve had a totally different personality to his father. He could certainly fight like his father but he is a much calmer person, a man of few words really and a very nice guy. For years he worked on the Gold Coast as a night club bouncer, the last I heard he had given that life away and was driving a bus. The guy in the centre is Greg Johnston, funnily enough both he and I wound up living in Thailand 29 years later. Some a few years reg owned a hotel/bar in LK Metro Pattaya called the Billabong.

Tim’s home in Crescent Ave Newport

Tim Bristow Tim’s lovely home in Newport was a much more pleasant place to reside than Berrima jail. His long time (& long suffering) partner Sue still lives there.

I played tennis here many times with Sue.

Tim Bristow Sue Ellis was and still is a terrific tennis player, we played many times and to my dismay I never won a single set. Sue just turned 60 this year and is ranked number 7 in the over 60 Tennis Seniors Australia Rankings in Women’s Singles.

Sue & I in January 2013

Tim Bristow After many years I dropped in to visit Sue in January 2013, the home is still as picture perfect as when Big Tim used fuss around keeping everything neat & tidy.

Big Tim passes away.

Big Tim passes away

The end of an era, Big Tim Bristow the last of the hard men, RIP.

By Neil Mercer

February 15 2003

One of the hard men of Sydney, legendary private eye, rugby player, bouncer and standover man Tim Bristow has died at the age of 72.

He was found on the balcony of his Newport home about 9.20pm on Thursday.

In recent years he had become a shadow of the man renowned for his fitness and fighting ability. A long-time diabetic, he had been insulin-dependent for about 10 years and had developed Parkinson’s disease.

Tim Bristow made his name in the 1950s and ’60s in divorce work. Big Tim would come crashing through the bedroom door, photographer close behind, to catch the amorous couple in flagrante delicto.

Visited by the Herald last year at his home, he still had many of the pictures, the looks on the faces of the startled lovers amusing testimony to his handiwork, although it probably wasn’t funny at the time.

“I had the biggest divorce inquiry service in Australia, breaking down about eight doors a night.”

Later he used his association with underworld figure Lennie McPherson to his advantage, although McPherson disputed just how close they were, saying they had met only 10 times.

“He seems to have his head into an awful lot of bullshit, doesn’t he?” McPherson said.

“I’ve saved his neck a few times, and he f—in’ knows it, too, the silly lookin’ c—.”

While anything Bristow said in his booming voice needed to be taken with a grain of salt – perhaps a barrelful – there’s no doubt he knew an awful lot of people and he was far from silly looking.

He was, according to himself and legend, the original model for Chesty Bond. Former NSW police officer Roger Rogerson recalled yesterday that Bristow in his heyday cut an impressive figure.

“When he was in charge of security at the Newport Arms hotel, blokes would come from all over the state to try him out. They never beat him,” said Rogerson, who, like Bristow, once did time in Berrima jail.

“He flogged them all. He was a very powerful man in his day.”

In 1976 Bristow was convicted of assault and sentenced to 18 months’ jail. A decade later he was sentenced to five years’ for supplying Indian hemp.

He subsequently gave evidence about how a number of police had thrown 49 packets of the drug from a window of the Chatswood detectives’ office – and how he had caught them with a towel before loading them into his Mercedes.

In the early 1990s he was a witness at the Royal Commission into the Building Industry run by Roger Gyles, QC.

There was evidence about how he had gone onto building sites and threatened union members about “accidents”.

He gave evidence at the inquest into the presumed death of missing hitman Chris Flannery, who he thought looked like a “twerp” until he learnt of his reputation.

Educated at Shore and briefly a police cadet, he once declared: “I bribed police for 40 years. I found that the higher I went in society the lower the morals became.”

Here is the story how I met Big Tim

Peter Lewis & I with Marilyn in 1971

Tim Bristow

It was around Xmas 1971, I was living in Lane Cove but many weekends I would stay at Peter Lewis’s flat at Narrabeen which was above his draper shop, his main source of income was operating as an SP bookie in between throwing some of the best parties on the peninsula.

One Saturday night he took Bob Fowler (Chicken-man) & I to a party at Bilgola at the house of a women with the unlikely name of Hope Fairweather. I guess the opposite to Fairweather is Stormy weather, because the woman I met that night at the party caused me more grief in the next 3 or 4 years than I could have possibly imagined.

Of all the parties I had ever been to I had never seen as many beautiful girls in one place, most of them apparently were involved in the modelling industry which explained the phenomenon. One in particular caught my eye, a magnificent looking blonde girl who was happy to chat and flirt with me for the next hour or so.  Peter tried to warn me off a couple of times telling me both her ex-husband plus her current boyfriend Richard (Dick) Plumber were in the room and giving me the evil eye.

It was getting rather late and both peter & Bob had gone home leaving me without knowing anyone at the party except the gorgeous blonde Di Parkinson, the girl I was chatting up. Sensing a little tension in the room I decided my best strategy was to get the hell out of there, and given the fact I had arranged to have lunch with Dianne the following week at Johnny Walker’s Bistro, a famous lunchtime hangout in the city. 

I headed for the door with Di following and we had a quick kiss & cuddle on the front lawn. Not quick enough I’m afraid, the bellowing bulk of Dick Plumber came charging across the lawn toward me swinging a vicious right hook which caught me flush on the jaw. Things seemed to happen very fast, here was I flat on my back with this huge fellow trying to choke the life out of me. Somehow I manage to throw him off, he tumbled down to the next level of the terraced yard, jumped to his feet and headed back up the 4 steps screaming like a madman “I’ll kill you, I’ll kill you”.

Meanwhile I was trying to calm him down, “listen mate” I said, “you got your shot in how about we call it quits and I’ll just go home?” My words had no effect so as he reached the second top stair I hit him flush in the mouth with the best left hook I have ever thrown. Blood gushed from his lip like a fountain, now he was on his back and all the fight seemed to have gone out of him. My first reaction was to “get out of Dodge” before the posse arrived, but I couldn’t just leave him bleeding all over the lawn without at least helping him to get back inside the house. We stumbled into the kitchen, blood all over Dick and every button ripped off my shirt. All his friends rushed over with extremely hostile expressions on their faces. “What the hell happened?” they asked, thankfully Dick replied “I tripped down the stairs and fell right on my face”. I said “yes, I saw it happen and helped him inside, and the bugger has accidentally ripped my best shirt,” It was fairly obvious they were having trouble accepting this version of the events, so while they were trying to stem the blood flow I beat a hasty retreat out the door.

Who should suddenly reappear at my side, the cause of the unfortunate altercation, the beautiful Di Parkinson. It took me maybe half a second to think about it, “OK, I have had the fight why not grab the spoils?” Within 10 minutes we were parked at Bilgola beach in my beloved blue MGB, I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination.  That was the end of an eventful evening, little did I realise it would be simply a forerunner to a whole heap of drama in the coming years.

Di Parkinson

The following day Peter Lewis phoned “what the hell did you get up to last night?” he asked, “the guy you belted is big Tim Bristow’s best mate and Tim is looking for you.”

Now in the 70s just the name Tim Bristow struck fear into the heart of all those who knew him, an enforcer with a reputation of being one of the most brutal street fighters in Australia. Put simply he was legend, a bouncer at the Newport Arms hotel, would be contenders for his crown would travel from all over Sydney to try their luck, many came and all of them were sent packing battered and bruised. There are countless stories making up the legend of Big Tim Bristow, one of the few times he actually lost a fight was against 3 times Olympian Tony Madigan who narrowly lost to Cassius Clay in the 1960 Rome Olympics, the story goes Tim wanted a rematch the following week and Madigan declined, my guess is that Madigan didn’t have to prove anything to anybody’.

Tony Madigan on the left of Cassius Clay in 1960, sadly Casius aka Muhammad Ali passed away June 3rd 2016.

 Tony Madigan Casius Clay

So as you can imagine the last thing on Earth I wanted to hear were the words “Big Tim is looking for you.” To make matters worse, in order to get even with me Dick Plumber had told everyone I was actually forcing myself on Di in the middle of the front lawn which was the exact opposite of the truth. For the next week I was jumping at shadows and looking over my shoulder everywhere I went expecting Tim to appear around every corner. I said to myself “this is no way to live” so I rang Peter and got him to arrange a meeting with the “Big fellow.”

Now Tim was a giant of a man with a huge upper body and enormous hands, one side of his face was semi frozen which resulted from a small stoke suffered a few years earlier, it just made him look more fearful if that was at all possible. Our meeting was thankfully rather anticlimactic, he listened intently to my side of the story, grunting often rather than speaking and finally said “ok I believe you, but for your own good stay out of trouble or I’ll come looking for you.

Oddly enough over the next 20 years or so we became “friends” maybe we were, maybe we were not, you just never really knew with Tim.

A very funny thing happened in January 2013, I had not seen Di Parkinson for many years so I arranged to meet her for coffee in Brunswick Heads on the NSW north coast. Naturally we spoke of old times and people we both knew, the name Hope Fairweather was mentioned and I said to Di “that’s where we first met, don’t you remember when I had to flatten your boyfriend Dick Plumber at Hope’s house in Avalon?” Quick as a flash Di said very softly, “yes even though it was 40 years ago they still talk about it today.” 

Di Parkinson at Beechworth in Victoria 1975

Tim Bristow

Looking back there is no doubt this dizzy blonde caused me more trouble than any person I ever knew.

One final memory

Carol Aboud

It was 1997 and my gorgeous girlfriend Carol Aboud threw a party at her home in Ocean St Double Bay, earlier I had mentioned to Tim that I would be there that night, and he was welcome to call in for a drink. I had forgot however to tell Carol about the casual invite, well around 11 pm the party was in full swing and Carol rushed up to me looking very worried indeed, she said “David, Tim Bristow is here looking for you”. It was a fairly normal reaction because usually if Tim came looking for you the news was not good.

Quick as a flash I said “don’t worry darling I will go and throw him out”. I’ll never forget the look of shock & disbelief on Carol’s face, obviously there was nobody in the whole country capable of throwing Tim out. 🙂 After 10 seconds she realized I was joking and we enjoyed a good laugh about it.

Thanks for visiting my Tim Bristow photo blog, I do hope one day somebody will make a movie of his life.

Finally another great photo of Di from the 60s.

Tim Bristow

What a knockout. 🙂

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Life on the Gold Coast 1995

June 11, 2014 by David Herd

Please note, this is not part of my Travel Blog. It’s part of my personal history, check it out if you wish.

Gold Coast 1995 life was good, & in fact all through the 90s, my home at 106 Upton St Bundall was “party central”, 1995 was no different, I was working for the NRMA as a Financial Planner and enjoying life to the max, this post shows many of the people who made it another memorable year.

I love this photo

Harley Bradstreet My old friend Harley Bradstreet on the Gold Coast 1995 telling one of his long winded stories that used to bore everyone to tears. He had a million stories but they were all about himself, the look on Kerry’s face is priceless. The other guy is Barry Madden who worked for the NRMA in Newcastle, it is now 2014 and we are still in touch often on Facebook. 

Grahame Kinsela & Harley Bradstreet.

Gold Coast 1995

Harley was & still is a terrific guy, he now lives in Perth and collects & restores old Jaguars. Grahame was also an old friend of mine from the northern beaches area of Sydney. 

In those days Harley seemed to stumble from one disaster to another, a mutual friend of ours Larry Wilson, a Gold Coast solicitor,  coined the phrase referring to Harley, “anyone can have a bad decade”. This seemed to describe Harley to a tee. 🙂

November 2016 & I saw saw the sad news on Facebook that Grahame had passed away, RIP my old buddy.

My new jetty Gold Coast 1995

Ziggy & jetty  I remember this photo so well. My Doberman Ziggy is taking his first look at my new jetty, he was a very confused dog for the next hour or two.

This is what the jetty was designed for.

Gold Coast 1995 Drinks, drinks & more drinks, my jetty turned into the main party area for my house. On the left is Jim Bell, he rented a room in my home for 15 years, that’s what I call a long time tenant. Michael Gray aka “the Doc” was a local Radiologist & a well know collector of beautiful women. Finally on the right is John Hunjadi, a partner in several Gold Coast nightclubs, including ” “Cocktails & Dreams”, The Party”, & “The Bourbon Bar”.

Good buddy Phil Thompson.


Gold Coast 1995

Still one of my best friends today Phil was a handy guy to have at my Sunday BBQs.

My gorgeous girlfriend was…..

Gold Coast 1995 Carolyn Clark was & still is a gorgeous girl, we were an item for about a year and a half in 1994 & 1995. Twenty years later and I’m glad to say we still keep in touch.

A weekend in Sydney

David Herd & friends Carolyn & I flew to Sydney for a weekend, I caught up with my good friend Paul Slaughter, 2nd from left. The guy on the left was an actor from “The Bill” Tony O’Callaghan.

Great shot of the Gold Coast girls in Sydney.

Gold Coast 1995 On the left is Marie Stephens beside Carolyn Clark, far right is Kandice Aldington with Michaela standing at the back. It was a good weekend

The Oaks Hotel Oaks hotel Old friends meet for drinks at our favourite pub. Derek Pugh and Ian Rich, Paul Slaughter in the foreground with his sister on the left and girlfriend Clode on the right.

Drinks at my home before dinner.

Gold Coast 1995 I was always entertaining people in my home in Upton St Gold Coast 1995, after the year 2000 I started to entertain less & less due to my frenetic overseas travel.

Beautiful Argentinian girl

 Gold Coast 1995 Surely one of the most beautiful girls that ever visited my home, sadly I can’t even remember her name.

Photo bombed Gold Coast 1995 Greg Johnston aka Greg Bin Laden looking like a middle east terrorist photo bombed me with the Argentinian Princess.

A gorgeous girl from Rio.

Gold Coast 1995 This is Andrea from Rio, my good friend Andre (RIP) bought her to Australia for a holiday.

Brazil on the left & Argentina on the right

Gold Coast 1995 Why does imported fruit always seem so much more exotic? 🙂

Time for some local talent

Jade sexy

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Fun on the Broadwater

Ross Ansell

Much of the Gold Coast 1995 life revolved around the water, many people like myself lived on the waterfront with our boat tied up to our jetty. The guy in the yellow shirt was a good friend of mine from Melbourne Ross Ansell, & as you can clearly see they seem to be enjoying themselves.

I was having fun as well

Gold Coast 1995

Here I am with Pascale & Rene, both gorgeous ladies.

Another party on the jetty

Gold Coast 1995

And the beat goes on at Gold Coast 1995, yet another party on the jetty, the guy on the left with his arm around Kandice was John Merryman from Sydney. We knew each other from the old days at Eliza’s in Double Bay in the 70s. The guy in the middle is John Gombos beside my sexy hairdresser Dianne in the red top. On the far right is Ziggy, same name as my Doberman.

So many girls in 1995 & so little time. 🙂

Gold Coast 1995

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