No trip to Australia would be complete for me without a visit to my wife’s cousin Trevor Allison and his wife Vivian in Mount Barker, 400km south of Perth in Western Australia.

Trevor is a family legend. His Tipperary-born father panned for gold in New Zealand. Trevor came to Australia in the 1950s to clear 1,000 acres of bush offered to them by Vivian’s Dad. Not alone did he clear that 1,000 acres but went on to clear and reclaim another 10,000 acres in subsequent decades.