John Kjeldsen was born on the 6th March 1935 at Martinsville; a tiny, isolated village about fifteen miles west of Morisset on the central coast of New South Wales.
His parents eked out an existence from a citrus orchard, growing vegetables and raising poultry.
The unpainted weatherboard home was lined with Hessian bags that had wallpaper glued to them. There was no electricity available for the first ten years of his life and no water laid on and no septic service.
He walked three miles to primary school barefooted as shoes were only for special occasions. To attend high school he rode a pushbike eight miles over mainly corrugated gravel roads.
Having passed The Leaving Certificate twice he enrolled at The Wagga Wagga Teachers’ College in 1952. His first appointment was to Euston Central School on The Murray River, where there were sixteen year old pupils; just two years younger than him!
He taught in one-teacher schools for a number of years and later moved to secondary schools where he taught Maths, Commerce, Geography and Economics and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree by correspondence.
After he was married he always had a small farm of some kind, beef, fat lambs, pigs, poultry or citrus.
After his marriage failed he married Angie and moved to the beautiful Dorrigo plateau where he worked as a real estate/stock agent and he and Angie ran a dairy farm.
After surviving a tractor accident they moved to Mooroopna in the Goulburn Valley and ran a dairy farm for ten years. The onset of health problems saw them move to a small farm at Eurongilly where they traded beef cattle and lambs and had a Boer goat stud.
A massive DVT (deep vein thrombosis) brought an end to John’s ability to undertake strenuous physical work and faced the reality of having to sell the farm. He then suffered from depression and began writing poetry. This led to the publication of his first book An Old Dag Remembers. John has also written five other books, Full Circle, Whose Paying The Rent?, Devious Dave and Others, Sweet Pretty Little Creature and Not just and Old man. All of these books have been warmly received at local markets.
John’s books all contain characters that he has met in various locations as he has always studied the character of people. He could read before he began school and his passion for reading has never waned and today he has a library of more than a thousand books.
Today Angie and John live on a few acres on the outskirts of Wagga Wagga and he breeds finches and show’s poultry and gardens, and Angie has two pacing brood mares and a yearling. Their most important companions are a mini Dachshund, a Cairn Terrier and Boarder Collie.
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by John Kjeldsen
A young man fears for his mothers life, takes matters into his own hands. After fleeing he begins a socially unacceptable romance which leads into a journey of adventure in The Snowy Mountains and outback Australia. He confronts racial discrimination, moral dilemmas, lost romances and heartache. His journey concludes where it began. A Lesson in perseverance for us all.
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