joined Adastra in early 1957 and sadly, we had to go to quite a
few funerals that year. However, I mainly remember the happy times
spent working for Adastra Hunting Geophysics and the people I encountered
there. At all times you could rely on Barry Howe to be the guiding
hand whenever a problem arose. Never, in my memory, did he unfairly
criticize a member of his staff. Barry was ably assisted by the
ever singing (humming really) Allan Horn. Allan never seemed to
get flustered although we really tried hard to do so. We also had
a lot of fun with the girls down at "The Hut". In fact, I ended
up marrying one, Glenis Holland. Our first date was at the "Adastra
Hunting Geophysics Anti-Social Club's Ball" held on 22nd August
1958. Glenis and I have now been married now for 43 years and we're
still going strong.
Alter mastering the art of Geophysical Data Reduction and the art
of Pencil Contouring, I moved on to ground survey. Ground Electro
Magnetometer survey was my speciality, although I did some time
working with Rob Walsh on Magnetometer Surveys around NSW. On the
ground EM surveys I was always to be found somewhere out among the
spinifex in North Western Queensland. For some years I do not seem
to have experienced a "Southern" winter, as it was thought that
this was the best time to walk the hills and plains of the Gulf
Boughton, who had been best man at my wedding, and I co-designed
the Adastra Hunting logo. We used the Hunting Horn and wings from
the Hunting Clan logo and "stole" the "A" from the front of
an old Ardath cigarette pack.
In 1959 I moved to Aero Services and worked with both Brian Lennon
and Doug Morrison. Next stop was with AMEG Pty Ltd, where I managed
their Geophysics Department. Finally, I moved to Melbourne where
I was employed to set up and manage their Geophysics Department.
I again came in contact with Ted McKenzie who at that time was Operations
Manager for Aero Services Corp, Philadelphia.