I began in 1964 with chinchilla Persians. (Comyn) As my parents became involved with Burmese (Jindivik, 1965) and then imported the first British Shorthair breeding pair into Australasia (Redwyton, 1969) was involved with those breeds. Also in 1967 I acquired a tabby point Siamese, breeding the first lilac tabby point on the Australian bench in Jan, 1969 (Merriminx). Seeing my first Exotic Shorthair in the flesh at a show in Holland in the early 80’s, I pioneered that breed in Australia for some 16 generations. I also owned the ultimate show pony tawny Abyssinian superstar neuter from 1997. My current relationship: 2 pensioner desexed Exotics, a rescued spay and an inherited German Shepherd.
I have held various positions in the cat fancy: Tasmanian clubs since 1965, head tutor judge Tasmania since 1975, all positions but Treasurer with CAT Inc., ACF (Inc.) Acting President, International Liaison Officer, Editor or co–editor yearbooks 1970’s, 1980’s, 1996 to present day, ACF (Inc.) delegate to World Cat Congress for 12 of its 16 meetings, inaugural Treasurer, ACF Judges’ Guild, Secretary and Editor, "Felijudge". Show manager, ACF (Inc.) National Shows 1987, 1983, 1999, 2007 and 2012. Show Convenor, 2014 ACF National.
1968 Shorthair and 1971 Longhair (All breeds) ACF Panel 1975
Most, multiple times: New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia (West) and Sarawak, Indonesia (Jakarta Raya, Surabaya), Finland, Sweden, Norway, Holland, UK, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Japan, South Africa USA and Thailand.
I have judged in all states, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, China and Singapore. I completed my Group One judge's course in 1972 and became an AllBreeds judge in 1995. I have bred Persians, British Shorthair and Exotic Shorthair.
1989 Singapore; 1997 New Zealand; 1998 Malaysia; New Zealand; 2000 New Zealand; 2002 South Africa, 2009 China
I have been privileged to be able to pursue my love of cats and education, as an All Breeds Judge and a teacher of senior secondary students. I have bred and shown British, Persian and Exotic cats specialising in tabbies, and am now owned by a pair of 15 year old Japanese Bobtails.
Since beginning my judging career in 1990 I have judged in all Australian states and territories, as well as New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland and Denmark. I have served as President of the ACF (Inc.) Judges’ Guild, President of the Cat Association of Tasmania Inc., and have held various committee positions within clubs. In the last year I have returned to the CAT Inc. committee to represent judges. As a member of the cat fancy since childhood I am keen to involve young people in our interest in any way I can.
1996 New Zealand 1997 Holland, Belgium, United Kingdom New Zealand 1999 Denmark, Finland, United Kingdom 2002 New Zealand 2006 New Zealand