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He travelled widely throughout the world, and keenly observed the foibles, the cultures and the customs of the people he encountered. As a young man he explored southern and eastern Africa (where he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro) and Israel (where he worked on a kibbutz), and he roamed the Hippie Trail through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Later, in middle age, his interest shifted to Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, where he worked with Australian Volunteers Abroad (AVA) and as a freelance travel writer with Lonely Planet and other publishers.
He was particularly enamoured of the life and times of his great grandfather, WILLIAM SIMPSON, a celebrated Victorian illustrator and commentator who travelled and sketched in remote corners of the world over a century earlier. His journeys frequently retraced Simpson's footsteps.
In 1987 Adrian and his partner moved to the picturesque shire of Bellingen in eastern Australia, which had long been a melting pot for artists and “alternative lifestylers” wishing to escape from the pressures of big city life. He continued to make frequent overseas forays for many years, and eventually settled down to practise law in the town of Urunga.
Adrian retired in 2015; in that same year he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
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Adrian served with the Australian Army in the early 1970s. He then travelled widely in Africa, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia. In 1982 he joined the Australian Department of Defence and was Liaison Officer to New Zealand at a time when Australia was trying to steer an even-handed course in its relations with US and NZ despite diplomatic friction between the two over access to New Zealand ports by nuclear-armed or powered warships. In 1994 he worked as Tourism Advisor in the Solomon Islands. He was based in Gizo, the capital of Western Province, and actively assisted many local villages to embark upon eco-tourism enterprises. In 1996 he worked as Associate Lecturer with Southern Cross University. He taught two units: International Tourism Perspectives and Tourism Research Methods. In 1997 he accepted a contract to update and rewrite the Lonely Planet Guide to Papua New Guinea. In 2002 he was admitted as a Legal Practitioner. He retired in 2014.