Walter was born in Amsterdam. He didn't intend to come to Australia. After joining the army, he was sent to Indonesia and he didn't want to return to Holland, so he came to Australia intending only to spend a couple of years here before travelling. He liked Australia and had a job, but was involved in a hit and run accident and was in plaster for over a year. He met Lorraine at Cloudland and the rest is history!

Walter was a champion swimmer - Qld Champion Breastroker in 1951/52. He likes surfing and travelling in his caravan. He is into photography in a big way and stores his photos on the computer.