After working for over seven years in Papua New Guinea, Chris worked and lived in the Kimberley for over forty years. During that time he has been involved as an expedition guide and guest lecturer, particularly on coastal cruises with Coral Expeditions, but also on inland trips.
As the inaugural Regional Manager for the Department of Conservation and Land Management, his role included responsibility for the management of all national parks, nature reserves and wildlife matters. Involvement with tourism was also an integral in this role.
Chris developed a keen interest in, and knowledge of Kimberley issues, including its history (both Aboriginal and more recent settlers), Aboriginal art, geology, flora and fauna and associated management issues. He was fortunate to be able to accompany and support an expedition to relocate the “original Bradshaw” art site. The style represented at this site is now correctly referred to as Gwion art.
He was closely involved with the research into, and the eventual establishment of, the sandalwood industry in northern Australia, have planted the initial trials in the early 1980s.
Chris began his association with Coral Expeditions during its initial Kimberley season in 1996 and has since worked as a guest lecturer on many Tasmanian and Cape York /Arnhem Land expeditions as well as those in the Kimberley