My name is Jack Lomax and I was born in the late 1920s in a northern English town made infamous by George Orwell in his work of sociology “The Road To Wigan Pier”. He was claiming that the great depression into which I had been born had a centre, a ground zero of total depression, and that this was Wigan.
I eventually did an engineering apprenticeship as a fitter and turner and later graduated via a National Cert of Engineering to being an installation engineer for large pumps all over Europe. In 1959 I became married to wonderful Christine and in 1960 we emigrated to Australia where we had chosen Hobart as our new home. I enrolled at the university and graduated with an honours degree in philosophy and then later completed a law degree. For many years I worked in the areas of relationship breakdown ‘in the shadow of the family court ‘ (as they say) and then moved on to working in child protection as a facilitator of the legally ordered family conferences and also worked in Youth Justice.
In the late 1940s, during the Korean war, I was conscripted into the RAF and was discharged after some years with a war injury pension. My experiences made me passionately anti-war and in the late 1960s I joined the peace movement protesting the American invasion of Vietnam. Later I went to the Iraqi frontier with a group to protest that coming war. The damming of Late Pedder in the 1970s made me a passionate environmental activist as well. I have been arrested many times for my activities protesting war and my activities (with hundreds of others of course) for protesting the damaging of the lungs of the earth by industrial logging.
I am now deeply engaged in the movement to reverse catastrophic climate change which has the potential to make the COVID-19 worldwide suffering and deaths seem a minor blip in human history.
I have lived in Lachlan since moving here from Sandy Bay in the mid-1970s and have long thought of the Derwent Valley as my home. The clean air, the amazing forests and mountains, rivers and lakes causes this to feel like a wonderland to me – especially when I compare it the industrial filth and degradation of the town in which I was born.