David Illingworth

Scientist

Singer

Writer

Photographer

David Illingworth is a retired gentleman who has a passion for creative works. The three main outlets for his creative talents are photography, music and the writing of Australian social history.

David is a graduate of Melbourne University having completed a science degree in the disciplines of chemistry and pure mathematics. He worked for many years with ICI Australia and Amcor and for a time ran his own consulting business. Starting as a research scientist he worked through the ranks to become Technical Manager for the ICI Australia Plastics Group and Environmental, Recycling and Compliance manager in Amcor's Packaging Group.

 In his working  life David gained much experience by working overseas in such countries as  England, USA, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy as well as Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

From the young age of seven David was trained in the way of classical music being a treble chorister in St Paul's Cathedral choir for many years. He enjoyed symphonic and brass band music when he played trombone in the University High School orchestra and brass band. At University he discovered the joys of  jazz, country and  rock and roll music, and encountered the difficulties of playing classical guitar. Now later in life David is an active member of the Heidelberg Choral Society, the Melbourne Bach Choir a Gospel Choir and also the Early Music Society of Victoria.

Photography developed into more than a hobby in the 1960's when he started a part time free lance wedding photography service. He put his scientific skills to work and was one  of the early adopters of DIY Cibachrome colour printing. Super 8mm movies and video became his passion for a time but now in the digital age he concentrates on high quality wildlife photography.

David's interest in Australian Social History grew out of his research into family history. For many years he has been reading early Melbourne history and also Western Australian parliamentary history. He has now coalesced those findings with his own fundamental research and produced a Trilogy called The Resilient Man.