Terence Hewton is a much-travelled retired English and History teacher with a full secondary and tertiary teaching career behind him. He has had lots of other occupations in his youth including waiter, postman and farm labourer. He had some (very limited) experience as a soldier beginning with his call up for national service in 1967. He spent several years as a union journalist in the early 1990s and completed legal training late in life, currently doing basic part-time voluntary work as a criminal lawyer in Adelaide.
He lives happily in Adelaide with his lovely wife Julie of 50 years. In that time, they have had a lot of travel together. To England, where they taught and lived in a share house in what was the last of “swinging London”. They travelled behind the Iron Curtain when that was still there and experienced the height of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland in the early 1970s. They were in northern Thailand in very early 1977 when that region was extremely unsettled and holding its breath waiting for the dominos to start falling following the “fall” of Saigon a year or so before. They went to Nicaragua in 1985 in peaceful support of the Sandinista revolution and to the Philippines in 1989 to live with the people in order to find out about life there in the Cold War post-Vietnam atmosphere of low-intensity conflict and popular discontent and resistance first hand.They continue to have travel adventures together, albeit at a slower pace than before and will continue to do so again overseas as soon as the pandemic permits.
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