Rob was born in the United Kingdom in 1940. In 1957 he went to sea as a Deck Cadet onboard a Blue Funnel Line general cargo vessel, trading between European ports and ports in SE Asia. Ove the next 12 years Rob progressed from Deck Cadet to Chief Mate.
IN 1971 he migrated to Sydney Australia to commence teaching Masters & Mates in the NSW TAFE School of Navigation. Rob resigned from TAFE in 1996 and went to NW Australia as the Manager of the Port Hedland Mission to Seafarers’ Centre.
Botany is the largest container port in New South Wales and the counties largest common user bulk liquids facility.