Geoff started creating cartoons from the age of about 5 - mainly in air-raid shelters - copying Popeye the Sailor-man and Felix the Cat from the newspaper while the bombs were dropping outside. Characters like Big Chief Little Feather and Mik the Mink came along when he was 15 and already at sea aboard a troopship on the way to Hiroshima after the atom bomb ...
His dream was to one day become an animated cartoonist - a writer of stories and songs - so that he could put them altogether in a film. He started with his first paid job for the Commonwealth bank and the 1954 Royal Easter Show. Later he became one of Australia's pioneer animators. Another couple of years and he was the Director of Animation for Australia's first Film Production House - and the first to co-produce American cartoons with the Hollywood Company Paramount Pictures. Cartoons included Beetle Bailey and Krazy Kat.
He travelled the Orient for the film company selling Australian animation to Asian advertisers; then he wrote and produced one of the first all-Australian characters - a koala named 'Unbearable Bear' - a bear that doesn't behave too well but loves to travel all over the world taking kids with him. Geoff's dream had come true ...
The trouble with making your dreams come true is ... you have to build a new one. Geoff had always wanted to create things and write stuff would communicate a message in a simple and eye-catching way. His first job for the new Commonwealth Bank Traveler's Cheques won the top Award in the prestigious Art Directors' Annual publication ' Modern Publicity. '
Geoff became an advertising copy-writer and an art director, won a lot of awards, became a creative director for big American Agencies opening up in Asia in the 60's / 70s - back in Hong Kong, Manila, Toyo, Malaya, Singapore, Bombay, Bangkok, This was where he belonged. He made films created print ads all over Asia with lots more International Awards...writing and producing the first commercial in the world to recognize the moon - landing and winning the coveted New York CLIO Awards.
, his brother Tony and a few adventurous friends bought a chinese junk and sailed her around the south pacific in search of the last gauguin - they named her 'One- Step' after the chinese promise that ' A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. '