Dr. Bill Perkins is a geologist who worked for Mount Isa Mines Ltd for twenty-eight years. During his employment in Mt Isa, he took out the ground for the lucrative gold mine, Tick Hill. Gaining his Masters and then his contentious doctorate, Bill has retained his love of geology and likes nothing more than getting out amongst the spinifex, looking at rocks with his geological friends.
Di Perkins is an historian who has published several research books relating to north-west Queensland. A retired teacher of Mathematics and Spiritual Development, Di planned this holiday based on research work from Lonely Planet, suggestions from friends and information on the internet.
Emails were dispatched back to family and friends to try to capture the essence of the places visited, including sufficient detail but avoiding becoming a sterile travel handbook. Hotmail disconnected this communication medium, as there were too many recipients and the emails were too long; in effect, spam. Facebook, however, saved the day and missives were able to be transmitted, albeit to a different audience.
Together, Bill and Di have four daughters and two grandchildren. Since moving from north-west Queensland at the start of 1993, they have enjoyed a very full life in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia.