We spent 9 years of our life in a small country town in North Queensland called Charters Towers. These are my memories of the people and events that were a part of our life during that time.
When ringing our place many people were amused by my answering machine's message. Its response was, I'm sorry I'm not able to take your call, If you want your wheelie bin cleaned, or to purchase a mobile phone or need the Church of Christ Minister then you have reached the right number. Please leave a message after the bip or you can contact me on mobile such and such. This was my year of many jobs. Besides the roles mentioned on the answering machine I also was involved in a community housing project, Chaplaincy at the State High School, writing a number of freelance newspaper articles for the Townsville Bulletin and continued on with the newspaper photography. After a year of settling into the town and the church working in so many different areas opened many opportunities to take the church to the people. Our income became fairly sporadic during the year but it was fun trying out new ideas. We had a go at selling to people door to door the dream of having a clean wheelie bin. I loved the thrill of not knowing what the next response would be. Many times the people were hostile. I think it was because of the intrusion of someone coming into their personal space and forcing them to respond. To say the least my wheelie bin business did not take off in a huge way at first. On my first day of business I cleaned a few friends bins just for practice. Over the year it did build up until it developed into a handy sideline income. Some of my other ideas were not so successful. The mobile phone business didnt really ever take off. I sold one to myself and to a couple of other people. It never generated any significant income.