Gerry Dubbin


Gerry Dubbin spent the first eighteen years of his life in Harehills, a working-class suburb of Leeds, principal city of Yorkshire in the north of England. As a boy, he aspired to becoming a writer, a profession that circumstances put out of his reach. Instead, he entered the apparel manufacturing industry as a learner tailor. He studied apparel and textile design at the Leeds College of Technology, emerging with the highest national qualifications, including the prestigious English Silver Medal.

Following two years of compulsory national service in the RAF, and seeing few future prospects in austerity-bound post-war Britain, he decided to migrate to Australia in 1959.

Following a number of years working as apparel designer in Melbourne, during which he was responsible for establishing Australia’s first apparel-industry school of technology at the Melbourne College of Textiles, he joined the Australian Wool Board—later the Australian Wool Corporation—and was eventually appointed as the corporation's international marketing director, based in New York. Since returning to Australia in the late 1970s, he has held senior management positions in the apparel, textiles and timber industries. He later went on to establish a successful signage and architectural lighting company.

Following a bitter but successfully fought dispute with a prominent Melbourne real-estate company at the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal, he was appointed as an independent consumer advocate in the real-estate field, a role that resulted in his first book, “Smoke & Mirrors, Egos & Illusions: The World of Real Estate”.

Ultimately, he decided that it was time to step away from the executive jungle, and rekindle his boyhood desire to become a published writer. “Why Should I Learn to Speak Italian?” is his fourth book.

He currently resides in Hastings, a small town located on the Mornington Peninsula’s eastern shore, 60km south east of Melbourne.

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My Escape to Terra Australis and My Part in the Near Death of the Australian Wool Industry
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 177,510. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Business biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
This book provides an absorbing account of life in Australia, tracing the life and times of young migrant Gerry Dubbin following his escape, in 1959, from a Britain on the long road to decline.
Why Should I Learn to Speak Italian?
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,670. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Italian, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Find out why you should learn the world’s most beautiful language, Italian, and how you can achieve fluency more effectively. Here, you will read about a simple but effective course of self-study, experience the magic of the Italian language and discover how to not just speak it, but to think and feel it. Your journey to Italian fluency starts today!

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australia    britain    fashion    history    industry    italian    italy    language    learning    migration    pimsleur    study    teaching    travel    treviso    wool