The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


David Herd 1960s Australian teenager.

My personal story from the 6os, (not a travel bog)

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager, who even today in 2016 can still remember the 1960s as if it was yesterday.  Life was rather simple growing up in that particular era compared to what teenagers face today in 2016. The photo above is from 1960 featuring my first car, a Morris Minor convertible. I attended North Auburn public school until the age of 12 and was one of only two students to be chosen to attend the then semi exclusive Homebush Boys High. Spent 3 years there, excelled in Rugby Union, and just passed my intermediate certificate. My final reference from the deputy headmaster was a classic;

                   David Herd attended this school for 3 years and participated in sport.

I spent the next 5 years as an apprentice Toolmaker then in May 1964 set out with best friend Glen Beasley on the mandatory trip to the U.K. and Europe.

I can easily explain the scratchy photo above and in the header. My home in Wood St North Melbourne in 1974 was gutted by fire and a large part of my photo collection was spoiled. The ones I save got rather scratched with my attempt to clean off the soot. Follow this link to find out what caused this unfortunate fire.

July 1962 with Veronica Crocker

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

My beautiful girlfriend Veronica, we were celebrating my 19th birthday at a Kings Cross Sydney night club.

October 1962 at Garie Beach Sydney.

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

This VW was in fact my 3rd car, my 2nd vehicle was an iconic FJ Holden.

Veronica October 1962

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

From memory we went out together for around two years, I was very lucky because she was such a gorgeous lady.

This was also October 1962

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

Taken at Ebenezer which is on the Hawksbury river near Richmond. I was there fairly regularly water skiing.

Surfers Paradise 1961

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

A far cry from 2016.

Xmas 1962 at Coolangatta

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

I spent Xmas and New Year 1962 at Rainbow Bay near Coolangatta with Veronica and her parents. There were two significant events on New Years Eve that stick in my memory, first we went to a show at the Beachcomber in Surfers Paradise to see a young trio play some great music. They were known as the Brothers Gibb, you guessed it, they later became the Bee Gees.

That was them & this was me. 🙂

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

Coolangatta beach 1962, David Herd 1960s Australian teenager.

Bogle & Chandler

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

This was the 2nd significant event, after the Brothers Gibb concert Veronica & I parked on the hill overlooking Rainbow Beach for some serious necking (as they called it in those days) when the news flashed on the radio that a couple had been found dead at Lane Cove national park. This discovery was the start of a police investigation that gripped the nation.

 January 1963 David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

Driving back to Sydney we struck floods on the Highway around Grafton, where traffic was stopped I would pull around the outside and float my VW across the flooded part of the road. Veronica would stay in the car and I would push it across.

July 1963 at Lidcombe oval.

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

I’m parked on the hill after playing for Lidcombe United A grade rugby league team. We won the competition that year.

May 1964

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

After 18 months of working 2 jobs, I just qualified as a toolmaker, plus I worked weekends for Don Talbert the Australian swimming coach, my friend Glenn Beasley and I prepared to leave on May 7th to sail to England on the Fairsea. Just before I left I took my young brothers the the barber and had them shorn. They loved the new haircuts but poor Mum almost fainted. 🙂

Big farewell party

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

We combined a farewell party with an early 21st birthday. My actual birthday fell on July 7 after we had reached London. Above is one of my all time favourite photographs, on the left is Glenn Beasley beside “Pop” my grandfather Sam Tippett, my beautiful mother Iris herd, yours truly, Nan Tippett and my wonderful father Arthur Herd.

The Herd clan.

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

Here we all are at my farewell party.

The mandatory keg                            My lovely Grandmother

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It would be almost 1.5 years before I would see my family again.

My lovely mother, Iris Herd.

David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

Iris was an absolute treasure, she dedicated her life to her family and friends.


David Herd 1960s Australian teenager

A rare colour photo of Mum with Warren & Bryan at our home, 58 Kihilla Rd Auburn in Sydney.

My passport photo

Life changing adventure

Twenty years of age in 1964, what a clean cut innocent looking lad I was. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my David Herd 1960s Australian teenager photo blog. The follow up to this will be the voyage on the Fairsea.


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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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