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To compile a biography, of course, one must start at the beginning so, I guess, to write the Foreword one should also start at the beginning. This brings me to... read more >>


I dedicate this book to my parents, with my sincere recognition of their parenting skills which gave me a wonderful foundation for my successful, happy, fulfilling and independent life. Their... read more >>

Chapter 1 – Family Background

This is the life story of John William Begg. I was born on the 8th of April 1943 at the Cromer Private Hospital in Junee, in the state of New... read more >>

Chapter 2 – Early Childhood

Early Childhood 10 Chapter Two home in Henty, called “Moculta”, named after the town in South Australia. My sister had accidently smothered the complete hatch of day-old chicks and placed... read more >>

Chapter 3 – The Teenage Years

The Teenage Years Lennox Head, NSW, c1950 20 Chapter Three bookish daydreaming, as we did not have access to books very often. I was a teenager in the years after... read more >>

Chapter 4 – Independence, Work and Career

Independence, Work and Career 34 Chapter Four The main social activities at the weekend, which was only really a day and a half, consisted of movies on Saturday night and... read more >>

Chapter 5 – Business experiences and World Travels

Business experiences and World Travels 48 Chapter Five just opened and I became involved with the swimming club, where I put to good use my instructor’s certificate, obtained when I... read more >>

Chapter 6 – John’s Life and Times in the UK

30 Shakespeare Avenue, Arnos Grove, London, N11 1AY 85 John’s Life and Times in the UK Some two or three months later, I had my first house guest, Colin Thiess... read more >>

Chapter 7 – Business Experience in Australia after returning from the UK

Upon my return to Australia in July 1983, I did the “Aussie” thing and returned to live with mum to await the arrival of my worldly goods from the UK,... read more >>

Chapter 8 – The Golden Years

Chapter 8 – The Golden Years Questions and answers session with Paul Zammit asking the questions and John responding accordingly. What is it like to be a ‘senior citizen’ and... read more >>


A Photomontage of John Begg, with relations, family and associates at work and play and on trips away.  


146 Finally, John created the JOHN BEGG FOUNDATION that will honour and financially assist students upon leaving Lennox Head Public School and Ballina High School. This will manifest itself in... read more >>

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