Stanley Butler was a writer of ESL materials and a teacher of English and Japanese in Hong Kong, his journey to the East started in the 1850’s goldfield town of Ballaarat where the Eureka Rebellion took place on Dec 4 1854.
After 2 decades there he then went on to spend three decades in Melbourne to pursue studies at Monash Secondary Teachers College (Rusden) and La Trobe University before taking up an active role in (Asian) furniture making and design, alongside running a business with his partner that had a dramatic impact on migrant education in Australia, the opening up of the overseas student market to Australian schools and institutions, and provided a link for Australian educators to establish their expertise throughout the Asia region, particularly in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
On the way to Asia with an obligatory trip around Australia in mind to see his own country, Darwin and the Northern Territory captivated him.
Shortly after arriving, he found himself resident in Alice Springs, in the heart of the Australia, where he had for the first time, contact with Aboriginal people and the problems that confront them in a land that has largely left them marginalised.
That was a real learning curve for him and is something that empowers him to see they have their problems redressed in a just and equitable way.
For a culture that has existed for over 60,000 years, the world’s oldest continuing living culture, that had never been messed with prior to the 1788 British First Fleet of convicts, of whom some of his roots came from, the takeover of their land and their culture deserves nothing less.
However the East has always been something that’s fascinated him since childhood. After many trips to Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, The Philippines and Indonesia over the years, it wasn’t until 2008 that he was finally able to live in the heart of this region, in Hong Kong.