A brief profile of Richard Wilson
Richard was born in Brighton in 1954 and has lived in the Bayside area for most of his life.
His secondary education was at Brighton High School and HSC through the Moorabbin Technical College. Whilst working full time, he undertook a Diploma of Business in Accounting through Caulfield Technical College. He finished this in 1981.
Later he commenced a Cobol Programming qualification through correspondence school on a part time basis and of a Certificate in Real Estate (Sub Agents Course) as well as several Adult Education short courses.
His career was with Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works/ South East Water. Commencing in 1972, He worked there for 41 years, leaving in 2013. Areas of work included rating, records management, finance and computer applications. Always fascinated by computers, he designed various databases in several different areas, including one for recycled water, which was used by the organisation to check newly built properties, for cross contamination with potable water. Not one cross contamination occurred. Though perhaps slightly modified, this database is still being used and covered approx 15,000 properties (and growing) at the time that he left.
He purchased his first property in 1984 in Carnegie. In 1993 his girlfriend – Anne , (now wife) purchased their current home in Beaumaris. They both love the area for its greenery and beach side location. Renovations followed in 1996 and two years later their daughter Laura was born, now 20 years old, finishing an Arts Degree at Melbourne Uni.
After finishing work, he took an odd gardening job which he enjoyed and though not officially retired at this stage, become a “man of leisure” with total “official” retirement planned for 2020.
Current hobbies include antiques, antique Ericsson Wall Telephones, growing exotic South African plants, carnivorous plants and anything botanical, assisting Neighbourhood Watch and new Beaumaris Historical Society, computer surfing/applications /programming etc, reading on a variety of topics and daily walks of 2 dogs. Also, he has been a member of the Beaumaris Lions Club for 24 years, serving as Secretary for approx 12 years and Treasurer for the past 6 years.
He would like to resume golf, bike riding and guitar playing as well as assisting Meals on Wheels, Mens’ Shed, Uni. of 3rd Age courses and to continue activities with Beaumaris Lions overseas trips and camper vanning around Australia.
He is most welcome in the club partly because at the young tender age of 65, he lowers the club’s average age.