Rick Allen lives in Woodsdale, Tasmania, with his wife Lesley. Rick is a “born and bred” Tasmanian (1956), with a keen interest in naval history, military horses, saddlery, long equestrian journeys, and the history of his profession; that of saddler. He started his education at Cosgrove High School; and with his father a merchant seaman and professional fisherman, grandfather a master mariner tug skipper in London, and his great grandfather a master mariner Thames Barge sailing captain, it was a natural progression for Rick to join the navy at the age of 15 and complete his education at HMAS Leeuwin.
Rick then went into the Electronic Technical Weapons branch of the navy and served on many ships and support depots. Upon discharge from the permanent navy, Rick then served another 8 years in the reserves on a patrol boat. Some of the hats that Rick has worn since those navy days include those of qualified electrical fitter, workplace trainer and assessor, ship’s master, marine engine driver, saddler, and horseback tour guide; just to mention a few.
Rick’s passion to write comes from a desire to pass knowledge and stories on to others.