Rob Leadam Dirom Andrews (formerly Berwyn-Jones) – I was at KEGS as Boarder/School House student in the early 1960s. After passing my “O” levels and doing the first year of 6th Form “A” levels (some great classical art-appreciation classes under Mr Tapster) decided to leave KEGS early and train as a surveyor under CAEAI/RICS auspices at Bristol College Ashley Down, doing their 3 year full-time course. Now living at Hightown, Ringwood Hants – it gave me some great back-road scenic rides through the picture-perfect English west-countryside back home. Completed the RICS course in the allotted time and thoroughly enjoyed it. The three external exams were at the Institute’s Rooms in London those days and also during the summer holidays – a most disruptive process needing 3 nights in the Capital’s noise and bustle. After qualifying, employed by Hudson and Sons Bournemouth in residential sea-side estate management for a year. But in 1972 decided to see a bit of the world.
Australia was the logical first stop, courtesy of the federal government’s ‘assisted passage scheme’. The grand plan was to work for 2 years, then using New South Wales as a home-base (hopefully also fully cashed-up) start back-packing around SE Asia – my chief interest at the time was (other than bush-walking) their art, ceramics and culture. This took a little longer than planned due to the Vietnam War with all its ugly repercussions over the whole northern area where I had planned extended non-tourist stays [Laos/Cambodia], but also due to extended exploratory trips to Republic of South Africa, Canada and New Zealand. So a SE Asia adventure had to wait until 1979, when by accident in transit I become enchanted with Luzon and its diverse peoples in northern Philippines.
I joined the Valuation Section (corporatised as Australian Valuation Office 1982) in Australian federal government service as a registered land valuer, starting 1973. Then commenced a most fascinating career as a rural property valuer over the next 30 years, covering an area the size of the UK, operating in an office of just two valuers based at Lismore 2480 (pop. 60K); retired 2003, married 1984 to Remee, 2 children (one of each), now in my 17th year of retirement. Interests include: invasive species/feral animal control, classic motor-cycles, garden and family.
Best wishes to all – Rob