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This gallery is a collection of photos that show who I am and where my life has been.
How I learnt to ride a bike
I graduated to a chopper some twelve years later
A bit of posing -- back in my tae kwon do and kung fu days
Working as a bouncer with the late Dana Goodson, then Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion of Australia
This is where we live. It's a beautiful bluestone house on almost a quarter acre. Plenty of room to play for our pups, Benji and Pippa, and the kits, Tilly and Tex
Neil Gaiman (yes, the Neil Gaiman), my good friend Sean McMullen and the late Peter Nicholls, launching The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, 1998
My partner, children's writer, Meredith Costain, and me, circa 1999
Nieces Tamara, Katrina and Rachel
Meeting of the Collins boys: L-R, cousins, the late Richard, Tony, me, brother Michael, the late Uncle Dick and my father, Ernie, who has also since passed away
Proud recipient of the inaugural Peter McNamara Achievement Award 2002
On tour in Fiji with the Hawthorn Rugby Club, circa 1980. We didn't win a game. Luckily for Hawthorn I retired soon after. I hear they're doing quite well without me.
Finally a publisher takes me out for lunch! Laura Harris, then children's publisher at HarperCollins. Circa 1997
One of my few kickboxing fights at Bob Jones' dojo, Melbourne, circa 1985. That's me on the left, on my way to winning the fight by TKO in 28 seconds. I wasn't always so fortunate!
From the Pirates of Quentaris and The Forgotten Prince launch at the Williamstown Literary Festival. Left to right: Paul Collins, Sherryl Clark, Meredith Costain and Andy Griffiths.
Running for the Yarra Council in 1999. I missed out by a lousy thirteen primary votes! In support is my good friend, Stewart Clarke
Molly and Jack were ever on alert!
A very young Molly. She passed away July 21 2016. Hard to believe time flew so quickly.
Here's Molly and Jack (our much-loved and missed pups) hard at work. Luckily they used to get a better reaction from humans!
Here's a very young Jack Costain-Collins. We miss the boy.
I rescued Ping from Albert Park Lake when the ranger was about to take him. We found him a partner called Pong.
Here are my current guardians, Pippa and Benji. Hard at work, as always!