I also had Alan at Cronulla in the early 80s. He and John Wallis were good teachers. They helped turn out two Professors of History, myself, and Deb Oxley who is now a Fellow at Oxford.
I had him for History at Cronulla High during the early 1980's. He always was witty and charming and saw the hidden potential in students. He was great!
He's still teaching! OMG. Had him way back in the early 90s. One of the few teachers I can remember because he was just a top bloke.