Who are we?
Where do we live?
This is the Home Page of Heather and Paul Anslow. We reside in the village of Largs in the Lower Hunter Valley, NSW Australia.
The site serves as a launch page for a number of sites documenting family history, our travels and other activities, a kind of diary, giving an idea what we get up to. Browse around and come and visit again, as the sites are updated fairly regularly.
I (Paul) was born in Lichfield, England in the West Midlands and my family emigrated to Australia in 1965. Dad worked for Bound Brook Ltd and was offered a job at Repco Bearing Company Pty Ltd in Tasmania, Australia, so off to Australia. We travelled on the Castel Felice, a Sitmar ship with an interesting history.
We Lived on Trevallyn Hill, Launceston, Tasmania and I attended school at Trevallyn Primary and Riverside High. My hobby interests were in electronics and radio, so it followed that I'd chose a career in radio communications. This required a move to "The Mainland", in my case Sydney, to train with Amalgamated Wireless Australasia Ltd (AWA) at North Ryde.
Heather was born in Kurri Kurri and brought up in the lower Hunter Valley, went to Newcastle University and attained a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry). Like myself, Heather came to Sydney to work for a oil refinery, and after a couple of career twist and turns, ended up in Clinical Trials.
We lived in Blacktown and managed to buy our first home in Lalor Park. Our professional lives were very demanding and we needed to make plans for our future. In 2018 we made the decision to leave Sydney and move to Largs in the Lower Hunter Valley.
My Father joined us. Dad had been at a lose end since the passing of my mum in 2014 and needed some support so he moved in with Heather at Largs and I followed a few weeks later after resigning from work and taking leave. Sadly Dad passed away in 2019, jus a few weeks short of his 90th birthday , but we were both fortunate to enjoy our time together.
I retired professionally in May 2019 from a career in Naval communications and electronics, having worked in both the government and private sectors. My roles and skills included technician, in-service support engineer, instructor, logistician, contract establishment and management, compliance, change management, liaison and lead auditor of quality management systems, occupational health and safety management systems and environmental management systems.
Heather was able to retire from her quality role with a pharma company in June 2020. Now both retired, we can enjoy our semi rural life, our hobby interests, our pets, time with our daughter Samantha, Trent and our two granddaughters, Aubree and Abigail. Our plans are to do some trips in our motorhome around Australia, some of which has been documented in our blog.
The historic village of Largs is located north of Maitland and north/west of Morpeth in the picturesque Hunter Valley. It was originally established by cedar getters and settled by the Lang family in 1821. The town was an important river port shipping produce to Sydney and boat building area before the river changed its course.
The Largs Public School was established in 1838 and is the oldest continuously operating school in Australia with many of its original students having descendants still attending. The village has a great little General Store which also has newspapers and giftware. The Bushrangers Bar and Bistro provides locals and visitors with good food and service, along with a bottle shop. There is a School of Arts hall with varying activities, too.
Largs is also known for hay farming, some livestock grazing , turf growing and Hunter Valley Sunflowers, who have a charity sunflower event.