Oakwood resident Wayne Grieg is no stranger to scale model building. It has been more than 45 years since he first started building his impressive 7m x 3m, split-level model railway, complete with working televisions.
However, in 2003, after a trip to Norfolk Island, Wayne’s hobby took a slightly different turn, Wayne and his wife Jo fell in love with the island and its deep nautical history.
“The Bounty, I discovered from conversations on Norfolk Island, is the greatest story of determination and compromising effort,” says Wayne, “The story of how in 1789 Captain William Bligh and 18 of his crew were set adrift off the island of Tofua by Fletcher Christian, and how Bligh managed to get his men to Timor, is the most incredible sea saga that, in my view, outweighs Shackleton.”
Wayne started researching the infamous mutiny, and in 2004 embarked on what was meant to be a ‘2-year project’, his 1:48 scale of the HMS Bounty. Working off plans from a John McKay book, ‘Anatomy of the Ship’, Wayne says when the model is finished it will have a permanent home in the library at Nelson College, where Wayne worked before his retirement.
Part of the college’s curriculum is for the students to study the legend of ‘The Mutiny on the Bounty’.
Colleagues caught wind of Wayne’s research and he was asked to create presentations for the school, which in turn inspired him to write and publish a book about his findings, entitled ‘Three Strands of an Unravelling Rope’.
The project took Wayne 14 years to complete, and now he brings history to life, as a guest lecturer on cruise ship company P&O’s, ‘Bounty Adventure’ cruise.
His model railway has taken a back seat since Wayne’s first trip to Norfolk Island, and since moving to Oakwoods Wayne has donated his collection to the Pigeon Valley Steam Museum at Higgins Heritage Park in Wakefield.