April 14, 2017
This week we meet Robert Hoge, an author, former advisor to Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier and taker of some fantastic shots around Wynnum on Instagram!
I have seen Robert walking about Wynnum a couple of years after we moved here and wondered what was his story, and then for whatever reason, I didn’t see him walking at the same time as me for a while. I then recognised him on Australian Story, and heard him again on the ABC radio show / podcast Conversations with Richard Fidler. I told myself if I ever got this Wynnum project up and going, he was someone I wanted to meet and chat with.
Robert was kind enough to meet up at a favourite spot in Wynnum, spend a bit of time and then off to the park with his family. He was also gracious enough to sign my copy of his book.
What brought you to the area?
A birth and a marriage, really. I grew up in Manly West, just off Stannard Rd and after a wandering adulthood living in Hemmant, Indooroopilly, Ipswich and Clayfield, I came back to Wynnum six years ago when my wife and I bought a house here.
Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?
A bunch but I’ll stick to two. When I was at primary school at Guardian Angels we’d occasionally take a walk down to the waterfront. This one time we went down and the tide was out. We were strongly encouraged to remain on dry land but I ventured out further than I should have and got stuck in the mud. Now, I have two prosthetics (artificial legs) and getting out of the mud once I was firmly implanted was easier legged than done. It took a lot of effort and the heroic efforts of a very cranky nun to finally remove me.
My other memorable experience is just the poetry of a pleasant walk. I love walking from my house, through the industrial blocks along Tingal Rd, down to Wynnum Creek, along the foreshore, up Edith St and a stop for coffee, and back home.
What would you love to see in Wynnum?
I think Wynnum is pretty great. I don’t have a shopping list of things I want or don’t want. Wynnum has changed since I was a kid and it will continue to change but it has maintained its accessible modesty. Wynnum works because its people work. I love seeing people interact with all the lovely open spaces we have, all the great businesses we have. I hope that can continue as we change.
Any link to a website that you would like to share?
I’m a big fan of Wynnum What?! on Facebook. And if anyone wants to check me out, they can find me at roberthoge.com or with lots of Wynnum pics on Instagram.
Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
Keep doing what you’re doing. A mix of recognisable faces is great. But everyone has a great story to tell.