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THE BOSS ..

 
G'day!! My name is Peter Stone, and I used to be more active than this. As a photographer and travel writer, and part-owner of a dive travel agency I managed to dive most of the better locations in Australia, the Pacific and South-East Asia. But that was a few years back. I still travel but restrict most of my photography and writing to top-side subjects, and have become the quintessential arm-chair diver. Oceans Enterprises takes up most of my time now, both with the publishing and distribution of books. I generally have a writing project on the go. My major effort was a war history, Hostages to Freedom - The Fall of Rabaul, which commenced as a shipping and salvage book and grew into an historical document on World War 2. That was published in 1995 and received excellent reviews. It is now in its second edition. My most recent effort, as far as diver publications is concerned, is the update and release of Dive Australia, now in its fourth edition.  Prior to that I released a book on the world's largest most accessible shipwreck, the SS President Coolidge, wrecked in New Hebrides (Vanuatu) in October 1942. The Lady and the President has, I am pleased to say, also received excellent comment and is now in its second printing. This year I also edited and prepared a war history on one of our World War 2 heroes, Frank Holland. Called El Tigre, it covers operations in New Britain, Timor and Borneo. In 1996 I wrote and published a history of our local health service, Splendid Isolation, which was a commission assignment. Other publications have included Dive Australia, High and Dry, Australia's Island Shipwrecks (with Jack Loney), Rabaul's Forgotten Fleet (with Monica Foster), and a Pisces guide, Snorkelling and Diving Australia Southeast Coast and Tasmania. I am currently working on an Encyclopedia of Australian Shipwrecks - not very cretive but worthwhile I would hope. My underwater and topside photography is available through Pacific Stock, a photo library based in Hawaii. You can see some of my underwater stuff on my portfolio.

Back in 1990 I decided to leave Melbourne, my home town, and live in sunny Queensland. On the way however I found a delightful town, Yarram, in eastern Victoria and bought an old building built in 1896 as a hotel, called the Federal Coffee Palace. This was my home with wife Wendy, and office and display for Oceans Enterprises, until early 1999. Then a true miracle happened. My beautiful son Sam was born, so we bought and moved to a delightful rural property only ten minutes from Yarram. Now I commute to the office as so many people do - but I never see a traffic-light, and if there are two cars at the intersection before me, it is a traffic jam. 

We have since constructed a  restaurant/wine bar/coffee shop in the Federal Coffee Palace. I am active in town affairs, a member of Rotary International, and enjoy the tranquility of country life and the marvellous people. 
 
 
But enough of this rubbish. What you really want to know is, who is that wonderful fellow with me in the photograph. That is my beautiful Baxter, an L.B.T. (Loveable Bull Terrier), the most beautiful dog that I have had the pleasure of meeting. Those who have ever known a bully, and have treated them well, know only too well that they are a most remarkable dog. Baxter (named after a French movie based on a bull terrier), was a most delightful and happy animal to be with. He loved people, especially children, and was always full of life and a pleasure to be with. Sadly, this all ended in August 1996. We noticed he was sluggish for a while, and when he went to the vet, he never returned home. After five days of medication and an operation, he went into a coma and died of a rare blood disease. At least we had the pleasure of his company for five of the six years of his life. But we miss Baxter terribly.Would we ever have another bull terrier? Not for a long time. They say that once you have had a bully, you rarely have another one, simply because they each have a very special character. They simply cannot be replaced.  We now have another wonderful dog, Gracie, a boxer/kelpie (Australian cattle dog) cross, who is in many respects just as loveable as Baxter. 

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Oceans Enterprises, 303 Commercial Road, Yarram, Vic 3971, Australia.