Welcome to my website, I’m Dave McCathie and I was born in Sydney where I went to school at Chullora Primary and then South Strathfield High and I’m a ‘westy‘. I lived and worked in Sydney until the National Service Department drew my birth date out of the barrel, (the only lottery I’ve ever won), and I went into the army. After National Service mum and dad were moving to Gosford, on the Central Coast, and not having anything better to do or go I moved with them. This is where I began an AFL career after having been indoctrinated into the game at high school. Through AFL I formed many long lasting friendships, secured employment and met my wife Jann. We were married within twelve months and were proud parents of a son and daughter eleven and fourteen years later, respectively.
Over the years I have been a truck driver (still am), builder’s labourer, tow truck operator, youth worker, distribution supervisor, business owner and now a part time writer.
My hobbies include: reading, following the AFL and NRL, watching my daughter compete at equestrian events occasionally, doing the odd project at home and observing the antics of our three dogs, five horses, twenty one chickens, two ducks and five resident magpies that inhabit the fifteen acres that we call home in South East Queensland. That’s not to mention the twenty to thirty blow-in rainbow lorikeets and assorted parrots that hold community fights in our seven birdbaths that I need to top up on a daily basis.
Twenty two years ago I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and after a bout of chemo and radiation an operation was done to remove a large section of my colon and even though the medical fraternity said I shouldn’t be here I am a cancer survivor and am in permanent remission. It was while I was recuperating from my operation that I began to write my first book, Juvenile Sailors, and began the research that has brought me here.