I was born on the ninth of October 1929 and my birth had an immediate impact on the world: the Stock Market crashed and the world entered into deep depression. My father on that day was electioneering on the wharves at Fremantle. He announced my birth and quipped on the contentious subject of immigration: “Don’t do as I say. Do as I do”. The wharfies evidently were not impressed as they did not elect him at the following poll, nor at subsequent elections – one of which he lost by one vote. I vividly remember my future father-in-law ringing the door bell at our house and blurting out “Keith, I forgot to vote!” At that point I was not interested in his daughter but was most impressed with the honesty and integrity of George Cheffins on that day. I wondered what I would have done in a similar position.