My Mum and Dad first met when emigrating from the UK on a ship called the “Orontes”. Soon after that they were married in Sydney and then moved to Australia’s Capital City "Canberra". They lived in the hostel for a short while waiting
for their new home.
Dad’s interest was showing and breeding dogs as he used to breed cocker spaniels with his father back in Scotland. I am not sure why he changed breeds but when he came to Australia he went on and bought his first German
Shepherd called Lyn from Mrs June Tobin of "Beida Kennels". Dad went on to doing obedience & showing. Then in 1962 my Dad gained his All Breeds Judges license.
I was the first born followed by my two brothers Colin & William. We did
all the usual kid things while growing up and in that time not one of us three showed any interest in showing dogs. Through out our childhood we always had a dog, from German Shepherds, Scottish Terrier and eventually one of my Corgis.
until i was married that I started showed an interest in showing dogs. Dad mentored me while I was showing but as he was an all breeds judge he wouldn't come to the shows with me. Eventually when he retired from judging he played a more active role
with me in showing and breeding dogs. It was amazing how he knew so much about gentics and the standards of dogs!