In 2006, a sociology lecturer at the University of Ballarat (where I was lecturing at the time) put a social geography article published by Hester Parr in my pigeon hole. At the time, I was a lecturer in psychology, new to the university, with interests in rural mental health but no previous exposure to geographical research. That single act eventually led to the place where I am now – at the Department of Resource Management and Geography at the University of Melbourne – pursuing a second PhD. I feel honoured to be a first year PhD student, working with Rachel Hughes (an extraordinary supervisor) in the 50th year of geography@melbourne. If my first year's experience is anything to go by, then I look forward to the future studies in geography might bring.
Following the single act, I made contact with the geography department at the University of Glasgow. From there, I formed what has now been a four year collegial friendship with Hester – an enduring relationship that has had a profound impact on my research in geography at the University of Melbourne.