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One Man's Journey By Dennis Chadwick
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I first met Dennis Chadwick when he owned the Blue Waters Hotel, at Orford. My wife and I and our friends were regulars at ‘The Bluey’ as it was called with some affection. Dennis too,... More > was unlike many hoteliers in that many of his patrons developed an affection for a man who worked the pub astutely with his wife, Sid. During his tenure as the owner, his wife became ill and the pub was sold. Dennis took her across the world and lost her in England. He returned to Orford for a short while before leaving for all time. It was after his return that he approached me about his memoirs. He had first-drafted them simply to leave a record of his footprint, his own uneventful journey, as he refers to it in the final paragraphs of this memoir. It becomes an important record of his early days in Hobart and other parts of Tasmania; growing up and growing away from family, in pre and post WWII, eventually coming to Orford and like most publicans becoming the central character to pub-based socializing.< Less

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