We Would Like To Introduce The Kadoo Team
Tim Ella - Your Aboriginal Guide
Tim was born in La Perouse in 1969, one of twelve children and the youngest boy. His three older brothers, Mark, Gary and Glen were Australian Rugby Union representatives while his sister, Marcia, played for her country in netball. Timmy followed a more traditional path although possessing similar ability on the Rugby paddock and cricket pitch.
He grew up embracing his culture, learning the ways of his ancient ancestors from his uncles. He was taught to hunt with Boondi (throwing sticks), spear and boomerang, to gather the fruits and berries and dig for tubers.
His father was a fisherman and he passed on much of his knowledge to his young son, the seasons the fish followed, the methods in which they harvested the schools of bream and mullet that filled Botany Bay.
During school holidays Timmy would go ‘walkabout’ with family and friends, he would camp up and down the east coast from Newcastle in the north to Eden in the south. Never once did Tim forget his origins.
The city was where he was born but the bush and the ocean was where his spirit belonged
As a young man he involved himself in management of his people and their land. He worked as an Aboriginal Sites Officer in the South Coast region for the Land Council and was made Chairman of the Land Council at twenty-two (22), the youngest person to do so.
Now, as a highly considered educator of the Yuin people, and an Aboriginal guide, he wishes to share all he knows with those that come to visit Guriwal (La Perouse) and Kutti (Watsons Bay).
Tim now wants to pass on his knowledge to our country’s visitors, to all who wish to hear his words.
Grant Hyde - Your History Guide
Grant Hyde was born and raised in the beachside suburb of Coogee in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, some 10 kilometres from the La Perouse area.
His father sold his taxi cab and gained a license to become a country Bookmaker and Grant soon found himself living in the New South Wales country town of Dubbo, four hundred (400) kilometres west of Sydney. Here he discovered his love of the bush, camping out and fishing the rivers and dams and exploring the Western Plains with his father and friends.
Four years later he returned to the beach suburb of Maroubra and he replaced his ‘swag’ for a surfboard. As he grew older, he began travelling up and down the coast surfing the beaches from Bondi to Wollongong. He was an adamant Rugby & Rugby League player and it was here that he came into contact with many Aboriginal players that soon became his good friends.
In 1989, age twenty, he was graded with the NRL’s Eastern Suburbs Roosters (Sydney Roosters) and worked in an array for jobs from Hotel Management to Gym Instructing, Building Project Manager & leasing commercial Real Estate.
Being a keen student of history, especially of Australia and the Pacific, he moved to the Kingdom of Tonga for six months where he discovered his calling. It was his interest in human history and his love of the Polynesian people that brought him to complete his first novel, set in Tonga, “Lords of the Pacific” in 2008.
In 2009 he was awarded ‘Best New Talent’ at the annual Sassy Writers Awards for ‘Lords of the Pacific’. The stand-alone sequel, ‘Islands of Gold’ was released in January 2011 to excellent reviews, the Melbourne Age giving it ‘Pick of the Week’ in the A2 lift out.
Grant is currently working on his third historical fiction, ‘Daniel’s Destiny’ that should be completed by 2017. Grant has set this latest tale in early Sydney Town, in the year 1806 and throughout the extensive research for this latest effort he has developed a desire to share his knowledge with all who wish to learn.
Delivered with good humour and a story teller’s skill, Grant will bring the history of Botany Bay to life for all visitors that join him and Timmy on their insightful and educational tours.