John was born in Queenstown and has happy memories of growing up and going to school there.
He spent many days in his youth roaming the
hills around Queestown initially with his father who introduced him to
bushwalking, mountain climbing and rocks.
He is a science graduate of the University of Tasmania and has worked as a mining geologist at mines and projects in most states of Australia and in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea including six years at the Mt Lyell copper mine.
He has been involved in nearly 400 games of football in Queenstown in school football, as the score board attendant, boundary umpire, club match manager and in senior football. He played in premiership teams with the Queenstown Football Club in 1983 and 1984 and is a life member of that club.
John's other passion is bushwalking and mountain
climbing. He is only one of eight people who have climbed all 158 of the Abels
– the mountains in Tasmania over 1100m (Mt Owen at 1146m just
makes it as a Abel but Mt Lyell at 917m does not) and has climbed mountains on
every continent on earth including summiting Vinson Massif the highest mountain in Antarctica.