Peter was born in Bathurst but his family soon moved to the Jenolan Caves area where he attended primary school, before going to boarding school in Bathurst. Peter had the good fortune to spend 10 years of his working life at the Caves as a guide and reckons he spent more time underground than above during that period. Later he became a Senior Ranger at the Caves.
Peter was involved in the Rural Fire Service at the caves for more than 25 years and received the National Medal for Services to the Community for his dedicated work with that group. He says he could write a book about the countless search and rescue dramas that took place in and around the Jenolan Caves area.
Through his interest in history, Peter became a foundation member of the Jenolan Caves Historical and Preservation Society. It was due to his interest in preserving our rail history that Peter and his wife Christine became involved with the OTHR group. Peter has said “If we can save and restore heritage items like the Oberon to Tarana railway line, we can pass on a little bit of history of this great country of ours to the generations who follow us”.
While Track Manager, Peter toiled away constantly on track restoration tasks, coming up with lots of new ideas to make the job quicker and easier for our volunteers. He set a cracking pace with his early morning starts during the working bees and it wasn’t unusual to see him working out on the line on any day of the week.
After a well-earned “rest”, Peter has re-joined the Committee as Vice President and we look forward to his valued input over the next few years.