Colin was born in the south of England in 1954, the youngest of four, they lived with his grandparents until he turned six when his mother remarried. The family migrated to Australia in 1967 and settled in Adelaide.
At the age of fifteen, he joined the Royal Australian Navy and served twenty years as a weapons technician before retiring to settle in Queensland.
Married in 1977 and with two children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, he lives with his wife, Lesley, just outside of Brisbane.
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