Book launched 19th November 2011
tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor...
was launched Saturday 19th November 2011
at Toronto Library, NSW
Colin Kerby found new stories to entertain the audience.
Jan Mitchell told of how she met Col and Judy and why she was compelled to formally record the life of this fascinating man. Judy Kerby also spoke and gave insight in to how the book came to be.
All profits from the sale of this book are being donated to the
Hamlin Fistula Relief and Aid Fund
PO Box 965, Wahroonga, NSW 2076, Australia
tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor... is printed
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It is available in print from amazon.com.au at $40
or from JanMitchell for $25 plus $5 P&P.
tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor... the life of Colin Kerby, OAM
Colin Kerby, receiving his OAM
Colin Kerby OAM was a distinguished Australian of many talents: commercial diver, fitter and turner, engineer, inventor, brewer, confectioner, aircraft manufacturer and boat builder. His most important contributions to society included the saving of nearly 500 lives from drowning and the invention and building of machines for cancer research and organ transplantation. How can one man achieve so much? Read the story of Col's life in this enjoyable, funny and fast paced biography to find out.
from the back cover
How many careers can one man have? How many times can one man cheat death?
Skilled as a fitter and turner, engineer, steam boiler and engine attendant, brewer, light aircraft manufacturer and medical researcher – Colin Kerby could be described as one of Australia’s most multi-skilled individuals.
His parents held the lease for the famous St Kilda Pier Kiosk at the start of World War II and in 1961, Col and his wife Judy took it over. The popular landmark is still known to Melbournians as Kerby’s Kiosk.
Col and his wife of more than fifty years, dancer Judy Lingard, continue to make their home aboard Ooroo, the yacht they designed and built themselves.
Jan Mitchell has meticulously recorded the humorous anecdotes of Colin Kerby’s remarkable life and spun them into a fast-paced read. This book is funny and compulsively enjoyable–like the man himself.
Colin Kerby's life ended quietly in 2017, just after his 96th birthday. Ooroo sank at her mooring when a freshwater hose failed during the night. She was sold for scrap and Judy, now 87, has bought and modified another smaller boat on which she continues to live at Marmong Marina, NSW.
Pictured (left to right): Colin with his wife, Judy, at Kerby's Kiosk, Melbourne; Colin's first gyrocopter flight; Colin and Judy's boat, Ooroo, after launching