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Meet our hard working Shed Management Committee ...
​All passionate about the Whyalla Men's Shed ...
All volunteers ...
All giving their time to make the Men's Shed a happy and vibrant place for Whyalla Men ...


Malcom Roberts - President
Malcolm, one of the Shed's foundation members has been a trireless worker and advocate for the Whyalla Men's Shed and has been Shed President since October 2017, after serving 2 terms as Vice-President.
Malcolm was born in Cleve but moved to Whyalla as a small child and has lived in Whyalla for 71 years. He married Maureen in 1977 and has 3 adult children, 2 daughters and a son; has a dog called Ming; apparently reincarnated twice now. A painter and decorator by trade, he is a keen gardener and also enjoys lawn bowls. Malcolm looks after the Shed's garden. Malcolm is a long time community volunteer and has been a active volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the Whyalla Lions Club, the Rose Society and the Whyalla Garden Club. His volunteering effort was recognised in 2016 when he won a Community Service Award by the SA Government. Well done Malcolm.

Tony Johnstone - Vice-President
Tony was born in Angaston in SA's Barossa Valley and moved to Whyalla with his family while still young. He went to primary and high school in Whyalla and after leaving school completed a Sand Moulding apprenticeship with BHP. He worked there for 6 years and then worked in the Pest Control industry then at the COmpany blast furnace and boiler house until his retirement. 
 
He married Carol in 1966 and has 4 adult children, 3 sons and a daughter.five grand children,and two great grand children.
 
Tony volunteered for many years with the Sea Rescue Squadron and was also a member of the Whyalla Woodies where he honed his skills at the scrollsaw. Tony joined the Men's Shed early in its formation and while enjoying woodwork in all its forms, spends most of his time on the scroll saw and enjoys teaching others. 


Brian Marshall - Secretary
The indefatigable Brian moved to Whyalla with wife Anita in 1991 and has been active serving the community through a range of both adult and youth focused organisations over the years. He is a member of the Whyalla Mount Laura Lions Club where he served as a board member for 17 years and has also been President, Secretary, Youth of the Year Chairman, and organiser of various projects and conventions. Brian has also has worked with Bluelight and attends Bluelight discos to help raise funds towards their continued operation.

Brian has had health interests for many years and was a Lions district cancer awareness officer and helps co-ordinate Lion’s Skin Cancer screening programs. He has also been  involved in conducting men's health seminars and information nights and has been a participant of the National Men's Health Ambassador speaker program where he has spoken to many hundreds of men about prostate disease and incontinence issues.

A plumber by trade but who also has had many work roles including as a sales rep. in office supplies and later as manager of a clothing company, Brian was one of the original instigators of the Whyalla Men’s Shed and has been with the shed since its beginnings. He was Shed co-ordinator in the early years and has been the Shed Secretary since 2016. 

In his spare time Brian enjoys caravanning, overseas travel and walking.

Bill Hatherly - IT
Big, bald, Bill. He's our IT guru, busy most days refurbishing PCs, fiddling with our LAN and troubleshooting our internet connections, installing new software, providing computer tuition, watching woodwork videos on YouTube and generally bagging the gremlins associated with Microsoft's offerings in general and for Windows 10 in particluar; perhaps that's why he's lost his hair! 

Bill's a real shed stalwart, usually the first here in the mornings and the last to leave. When he's not at the shed he's volunteering at the Sea Rescue Squadron and playing with his new CNC Router. Bill says he knows everything, just ask him a question and you will see.  He is an ardent opponent of social media as well as other things in this world of progress. He won't let us take his picture so we'll have to make do with an Avatar. While he can be a bit of a 'glass-is-half-empty' type of bloke, we are certainly glad to have him.


Tony Shaw - Member representative
Born in Rotherham UK an industrial city with a steel works similar to Whyalla, Tony trained as a electrician & spent 17 years in the British airforce before migrating to Whyalla 53 years ago. 

Tony joined BHP as a electrician at the local B.O.S plant. He has been very active in the Whyalla community operating a fuel reselling business for many years, also serving as President of the Probus Club & gained recognition as a life member of City Soccer club. He is also a proud Dad of 5 sons & a daughter; he and wide COlleen have 14 grandchildren between them

Encouraged by wife Colleen to join the Whyalla Men's Shed, Tony has not looked back he really enjoys the company of his fellow shedders, the social activity & learning new skills. When he's not at the shed he enjoys reading, history, travel, computing ands watching good movies.

Liam Sheedy - Committee member
Growing up in Ireland, Liam moved to Whyalla over 50 years ago where he worked at the Whyalla hospital and at WMC in Roxby Downs. Liam has 3 children, one of whom is a physical education teacher and another owns his own business. Liam likes to be around fun energetic people and in his spare time he enjoys going to the gym, swimming and walking his dogs. He joined the mens shed around 9 months ago as a way to get out of the house and spend time with friends. While at the mens shed he throroughly enjoys woodwork and would happily do it all day long. 

John Visi - Woodshop Manager
Born in Hungary, John spent his boyhood living under Soviet oppression. In Nov. 1956 University students staged a protest against the Russian occupation, which developed into a brutal Russian response, killing thousands of Hungarian citizens. John, then a teenager chose to flee his country first to Austria, then Switzerland & finally to Bonegilla a migrant hostel in Australia. 

Adelaide Soccer Club visited Bonegilla & recognised John's talent on the soccer field (he was a lot faster in those days) and sponsored him to move to Adelaide. John learnt of job opportunities in the Iron Triangle & gained employment as an electrician with BHP & has lived here now for 57 years. Married to Margaret, John has two adult children, a son and daughter (David and Leanne).

John is a very energetic Mr Fixit at the Men's Shed displaying a vast array of talents in the completion of many projects. John also runs the Shed Social Club and the X-Lotto syndicate.



Here's a line-up of some of our members ...
A motley crew if ever there was one ...
From all walks of life  and many long time Whyalla residents ... 

Browse the gallery ...
​You are sure to find someone you know ...




Wayne Bishop
Borne in Glenelg, Adelaide last century. Moved to Whyalla in 1968. Married to Gwenda, has 3 adult children, 2 sons and a daughter, and a rescue dog called Monte.

Before retiring Wayne worked in heavy industry with BHP. Also worked as supervisor in the Railways Department controlling rail traffic movements; he also worked as a teachers aide at Whyalla, Stuart  and Eyre High Schools. Wayne is a keen gardner with qualifications in horticulture. He is well known about town as a member of Whyalla Bowling Club, the Golf Club, the Bird Club and is a Life Member of Whyalla Orchid Club. 

Wayne joined shed early in its establishment because he liked the concept. He enjoys the socialisation aspect and helping out in the workshops and garden. He is the man to see if you need bird boxes or aviaries of any description.

Johnson Darkwa
Born in Ghana and emigrated to Australia in 2015. Loves the shed and what it offers and has learned many things including developing basic woodwork skills, painting and some of the local colloquiolisms. Always smiling, always busy, always happy to help and eager to learn. He was a taxi driver in Ghana but these days prefers being chauffeured around town. He is married to Elizabeth. In his spare time he is a soccer fan and regular church goer.

Andrew Fleming
Lived in Adelaide until 1976, then spent 12 years in Ceduna and has lived in Whyalla since 1988. Joined the Men's Shed in 2015 for something to do in his spare time after leaving Telstra where he worked for many years as a Telecommunications Technician. Enjoys the social interaction and having access to a range of tools and equipment that complements the line-up he has at home.

Married to Helga (who was Shed Treasurer for a short while) with whom he has one daughter, Erica, who lives in Adelaide. Apart from Helga's mother (Gitta), he has no other relatives in Whyalla. They have had a few fur-kids over the years who sadly have passed to doggy heaven and who are remembered by the bottlebrushes they helped establish. 
When not working on his business (Andrew Fleming Telecommunications) Andrew enjoys tinkering, fixing or making things for himself, his wife and around the home.

Peter Medlicott 
Peter was born in Cheshire England where he received his schooling. Pete emigrated to Australia with his parents in 1967 as  ten pound poms. He is a mechanical fitter by trade and spent 7 years asa shift fitter at the BHP Blast Furnace. He then moved to Nhill Datsun as Service and Parts Manager and over the years was occupied in a range of roles from laborer to Company Director. Pete also spent a short time in Canberra.

Pete has been Secretary on the Whyalla Road Safety Centre and served in many executive roles in WHyalla organisations including two years as President at the Left Hand Club. He  became a Life Member of the Club in 1988. In the early 1990’s illness overcame him and he was no longer able to work in the car industry and spent a time employed by Centrelink.

In 2012, Pete saw the need of a men’s shed and the with pride joined a small group of like minded locals, resulting in the formation of the Whyalla Men’s Shed. Pete has been the shed's unofficial historian and has compiled a scrapbook of shed history and other goings on, which is now featured on this web site. Pete is also responsible for the Shed Newsletter (copies of which can also be found on the website).

Of special significance, in 1969 Peter & Lynne were married in the Whyalla Anglican church, now the home of the Whyalla Men's Shed. He has two children, Fiona (1974) and Ben (1977).

Pete's past hobbies have included include motor cycle (mainly dirt bike) riding. He now spends many hours computing, keeping up with the latest software and waits patiently for the NBN. 

Gary Misan
Born and bred in Adelaide, Gary is a hospital pharmacist by trade (graduating in 1979) who worked as a hospital pharmacist for 16 years (mostly at the RAH) and then led the Australian Medicines Handbook project. He obtained his PhD in Clinical Pharmacology in1997.

Gary moved to Whyalla with his wife Debra in 2002 as Associate Professor and Head of the then SA Centre for Rural and Remote Health (SACCRH), which was a joint venture of the University of Adelaide and University of SA. Gary later became Joint Head of the Spencer Gulf Rural Health School and then Head of Research with research interests in quality use of medicines, chronic disease self-management, health and other program evaluation and more recently men’s sheds and male health. Gary retired from the University at the end of 2016 and from other paid work in August 2017.

His research interests in Men's Sheds motivated Gary to lead the establishment of the Whyalla Men’s Shed. He was President from its inception until  October 2017, and also served periods as Treasurer, Secretary and Co-ordinator when others were absent. After retiring as President he continued on the Committee as purchasing officer, co-ordinator, and public officer but stood down from the Committee in April 2018; he still remains Webmaster.

Gary's motivation to establish the Whyalla Men's Shed was to mitigate social isolation and improve the social and emotional wellbeing of Whyalla men. THis premise was based on research that showed a multipurpose space that allowed men of all ages and backgrounds to pursue a range of activities and interests provides opportunities for socialization, friendship and purpose and thereby contributes to the physical and psychological health of the participants.

Gary is married to Deb and has 2 adult children, the oldest (Ben) who lives in Adelaide has a background as a Chemical Engineer, as a Nurse and is now a GP; the youngest (Daniel) is a skilled tradie (air-conditioning/refrigeration, electrician and fitter) who lives in Whyalla with his wife and family. Gary has 3 grandchildren (2 boys and a girl), a dog and a well-equipped home workshop where he enjoys woodwork of all descriptions. He keeps fit by swimming and walking regularly.

Neil Jones
Moved to Whyalla in 1970 from Cowell at the young age of 21 years. Got a job with BHP as a fitters offsider for about 6 months then changed to lubrication attendant at the rolling mills. Left BHP after 2 years to work at Coca Cola bottlers in Whyalla and stayed for 15 years in sales/distribution. Can drive forklift and semi. Then joined BC&K James Transport and moved to Adelaide for 2 years and then moved back to Whyalla and got job with Golden North where stayed for 14 years. Left work as a result from a back injury.

Neil cared for sick wife Margaret for a number of years until her passing in March 2011. Now retired. Has 2 kids and seven grandkids who all live in Whyalla.

Neil is a jack of all trades and has mechanical repair experience, has rebuilt car engines, has done welding, spray painting, tiling, fibreglassing, basic woodwork, painting etc. and will have a go at anything. Joined the shed to keep body and mind active and to keep busy after his wife passed away. Works mainly in the metal shop but helps out with other machinery or wherever shed needs a hand.

Bill Nelson
Borne in Scotland. Lived in Johnstone Renfrewshire for about 10 years and before that in a small Ayrshire town called Kilbirnie. Migrated to Australia to work in Whyalla in 1971. Was an apprentice Centre Lathe Turner with the Scottish Machine Tool Co. (1956-1962).  Moved to work/study 1962-1964 and then moved to mechanical supervison in 1964 until retirement in 1998. 

Married Sylvia in 1961 in Renfrew, Scotland. Has 2 children, Derek 54 and Aileen 51. Son lives in Sydney and daughter in London, UK.

Ian (Spider) Saunders 
Well known sporting authority and journalist Spider Saunders has, after many years with the Whyalla News retired and in retirement, joined the Men's Shed.

In retirement Ian along with wife Helen are kept busy with the challenges presented by their extended family.

During his short time with the shed, Spider has developed a keen interest in wood working, making small kitchen items, breadboards, cook book holders etc. He is confident he will master the wood crafting very quickly, his fellow Shedders feel that based on his efforts so far it is more likely to take him about 10 years.

Michael Waite 
Michael was born in North America & educated in USA. He earned Bachelors & Masters degrees in STEM areas. After 5 years in Scandinavia, he moved to Australia, where he worked as a STEM Teacher (eg, Science, Woodworking, Electronics, Maths) in Outback SA, WA & NT.

Michael has also had Consulting firms in USA, Sweden & Australia - supplying Computers, Communications equipment, UNIX systems, & developing Software+Firmware, eg, for Aerospace, Education Research, Industry & Automotive Steel applications, to list a few.

Michael joined WMS to access tools & the folks here who know how to use them well.

Today, he is an online Educator, Futurist & Generalist, dedicated to sharing a Vision of a SMART South Australia with an Energy Mix, like Ontario's (cf http://Live.GridWatch.CA) but using Safer, Smaller, Cheaper, Liquid-Fuel Nuclear Reactors (unlike the ones in use today). He thinks that anyone who feels Renewables is enough needs to "Do the Maths" & think again (cf Conley & Maloney, Dec. 2017: http://RoadmapToNowhere.com).

Both in & outside the Shed, Michael gives talks on the Future of Sustainable Energy, to inform people about Thorium & the awesome Molten Salt Reactor (MSR), expected ~2025.

Allan Main
Passed away in March 2017 after a long illness. Alan was an inspirational and passionate member of the Whyalla Men's Shed. Alan loved the shed and called it his second home; he joined to alleviate the boredom and loneliness after the passing of his wife. Alan served on the Shed Committee as Treasurer and as the front man in the shed office. It was there where he warmly welcomed new members and visitors and proudly outlined the Shed's history, characters and achievements and was quick to offer all a cuppa and a tour of the facilities. Alan called himself a salesman at heart and was happiest when spruiking the happenings and merits of the Whyalla Men's Shed at the Shed, fundraising events and on man yother occassions. His happy face, cheery disposition, passion and tireless work for the Whyalla Men’s Shed will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.​

William (Bill) Skinner
Passed away in July 2015. A retired toolmaker Bill was a member of the shed from the beginning who enthusiastically embraced the shed ethos, applied his skills as needed and was always happy to teach others. A long time volunteer with the SES and other organisations in Whyalla, Bill was always willing to lend a hand when needed.