Russ Swan is an Australian born and educated in a State Primary School in outback Longreach, central Queensland. He also completed Year 10 High School at Toowoomba in Queensland before returning back to Longreach.
Russ worked initially with his father in sheep-shearing sheds as a roustabout, and then later worked as a depositions clerk a law-courts office. The travel bug had already bitten him and he toured north-western Queensland, again in the shearing sheds. He was eventually called up for National Service and served in the Vietnam War, then continued in an Army career for 20 years.
Following discharge from military service in Darwin, Northern Territory, he drove taxi-cabs for a while before joining the Northern Territory Police, where he worked for 6 years in the communications centre at Berrimah Police HQ as a Police Auxiliary, then transferred to the Traffic Unit at Nightcliff Police Station. He served there for another 13 years.
Russ became a cruising sailor whilst driving taxi’s. Another driver asked him to help crew a yacht he’d bought in Fremantle, Western Australia, back to Darwin. The sailing bug took hold during that trip and he subsequently bought his own cruising yacht. He’s completed several voyages in Australian and Indonesian waters, most with crew but occasionally sailing solo.
He’s also a freelance travel-writer, photographer and author having self-published magazine articles and two books, “Lowana Comes to Darwin” and “A Tanimbar Experience”. Russ intends publishing these books and photo-journals of his other sailing expeditions, as well as other travels to the 7 continents in a series of blogs on this site. It’s hoped the reader will follow and enjoy them. Comments are welcome.
Russ has now retired having owned two boats but both are gone to other owners. He continues to live in Darwin but the travel bug still bites occasionally. When the bug gets most insistent he and his wife Delma, who also tends to get itchy feet, head off somewhere new.