I was born in 1946 in coastal Central Queensland, to basically good and honest parents. The town I grew up in was small; my siblings and I led relatively safe lives and on weekends and during school holidays we were decidedly feral. We had twenty kilometres of beach as our front yard and a bay edged with islands. In my primary school years there were about 40 kids living in nearby streets. We could always round up a team and organise adventures. Our street was bordered by farmland and bush, and was serviced with electricity and town water, and we had a postman.