About Arakan

We are Sue and Gary Thompson and we live in Victoria,  Australia.

SUE… I work in Prosthetics and have found this work to be very humbling and rewarding having made a lot of new friends, giving me a much different outlook on the world and people in general and being very thankful for what I have and what I have been able to achieve in my lifetime.

Together with my husband Gary we endeavour to try and keep track of our grandchildren who are equally divided between Ballarat and Cairns  and loads of different interests and now and girlfriends and boyfriends, we also have two dogs – a mini black female called “Derby” and a Chinese Crested called “Mimi”.  These two people just love our Birmans and our  Siberians, they give us hours of sheer pleasure.

GARY… I entered the Ambulance field in the early 1960’s, qualified as an Ambulance Officer in 1969 and worked as a relieving ambulance Officer in Melbourne and Western Victoria. I later returned to Melbourne to go into business with my brother in his law firm Hall & Thompson, now owned by Maurice Blackburn Cashman.   I am now retired and one of my favourite passtimes is putting together photos and text into a Picture Book for people.    Music has always been a favorite pastime for me and I am now taking lessons in playing the piano accordion. Some of the notes don’t always come out the way the music is written, so the other member of the household suggested I practice in the cattery.

Now the cats, they love it, but then they don’t know any different. Another thing they love is to play in my accordion case. I guess they look at it as “compensation”
Another passtime of mine is writing poetry, one of which is about our lovely GCH Arakan Princa Thieves.

Sue’s Feline Fancy Involvement – I was elected onto the Committee of the FCCV Inc. in 1986 and remained a Committee Member until 2002.During this time I actively promoted the FCCV through “Talk to the Animals” and “City of Knox Pet Care Days”; was Group 1 Section Manager for the Feline Control Council Open Show and the Royal Melbourne Show; assisted in running of Judges seminars, revamping of the FCCV Inc. Constitution and for a number of years was Minute Secretary for the CCCA.

In 1979 I joined the Sacred Cat of Burma Fanciers Association of Victoria attending the 2nd meeting of the association and for the next 10 years held the positions of Secretary, Editor of the Association’s magazine and then President.  I am a Life Member of the SCBFAA and very proud of this achievement.

In 1990 I obtained my Group 1 Longhair Judges licence and since then have judged throughout Australia and New Zealand.


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