Tim Pullen is from south London but moved to Adelaide with his parents when he was six. He loved it. “We lived 100 yards from the sea and I walked along the beach to school,” he recalls.

A decade later, in the 1970s, the family returned. “Culture shock” does not cover it. “There was rain, industrial unrest. I didn’t know what was going on,” says Pullen.

Little wonder that by the time he finished his A-level exams a year later, his parents had gone back to Australia. College was not an option. “I had no money. My parents were gone. I had to support myself, so I got a job.”

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