I’ve been everywhere man! The map shows the 16 towns and cities I’ve called home through my 51 years on this planet from Gippsland to Queensland.
I don’t remember anything about Warragul because I was a year old when my parents moved from there to nearby Traralgon in 1968.
Warragul is special as my place of birth. It’s a name I often have to write on forms and so forth.
Traralgon is where I consider home to be. It’s changed a lot since I grew up there in the late 60s, 1970s and early 80s. I started primary school at St Michael’s in 1972 and finished at Lourdes College in 1984.
The city had a population of 14,000 when I was young; at the 2016 census it was 25,485. I remember when there were no traffic lights and a single-lane road to Melbourne.
The nicest place I ever lived was Porepunkah. Maybe I just have happier memories from there. We had a lovely home and my older kids grew up with an idyllic lifestyle, playing outdoors, swimming in the river and attending a small school.
After my divorce I came to like Adelaide for its vibrancy, cultural scene and fantastic restaurants. Canberra was good like that too, but it’s very expensive. I now live 200 metres from a sandy beach; that’s pretty special too.
The map doesn’t reflect that I often changed address in the towns and cities where I lived. In Adelaide, for example, I lived at five different places in four years. I had two stints at Alice Springs, in 1988 and 2014-16.
I’ve been fortunate to live in some lovely homes.
The only significant gaps on the map are North Queensland and Tasmania. I doubt I’ll ever end up at either of those places during my everywhere life, but you never know.