Aussiemike ..a short CV
Aussiemike was born Michael John Calnan in Australia in 1950. In 1971, after a formal education in Melbourne he left Australia for Europe. In 1972 after extensively travelling the European continent he made the first of his seven commercial expeditions across the Sahara desert in an old army truck, living for lengthy periods, often unintentionally, in Morocco, The Congo, Cameroon and Tiwi Beach in Kenya. For the following 9 years he plied this route between London and Mombasa before retiring on the beach in Kenya.
Seeking more reality from life than the beach could offer he returned to Australia in 1985 via Milan Italy ,where he learned 15 words of Italian in his six month stay.
Back in Australia he journeyed north and spent two years underwater fishing on the Great Barrier Reef out of Port Douglas before being head hunted by World Expeditions, the world's largest adventure travel company to manage their Africa program. During his four years with W.E. he produced more than five documentaries on the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and the Pygmies of the Ituri forest in the Congo.
He also did numerous private expeditions for
television and incentive groups throughout Southern Africa and the Congo
interior. In 1988 he was named Australia's most eligible bachelor by Cleo
Magazine and in the same year named as one of Australia's most fascinating men
by Portfolio, a leading women's business magazine. In 1990 failing to adapt to
metropolis living in Sydney he again returned to the beach in Kenya. For
another two years retiring to his chosen sport of spear fishing, at the same time
building back to original his new accommodation, Hatters Castle. It was here he
started the Funzi Furniture Factory. Initially out of necessity but more
recently from a devotion to his new found love, designing and producing
from designing furniture he plays golf at the local Leisure Golf Club off a
Being interviewed by Ray Martin on the "Today" show Channel 9 Australia
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