Hello, I am Sue Thompson and live in Carrum Downs, Victoria, Australia. I became involved in the Cat Fancy after seeing a photo of a Birman in a 1976 edition of The New Idea. I placed us on a long waiting list and finally our beautiful "Boots" became our first Birman in 1979. Later that year we purchased our first breeding girl "Barachiah Salween" and since then have continually strived to improve the type and personality of the Birman to what we have today; excellent type with just wonderful temperaments whether they be pet or show quality. I have bred Birmans since 1980 under the prefix of “Arakan”, firstly in partnership with my son Robert and then in partnership with my husband Gary, starting with the Seal and brown Points, then importing a brown-Cream Point from England “Chiollagh TwoTone” from England which was the founder of the “Arakan” red series Birmans and later breeding Chocolate & Lilac Points. Also between 1980-1986, along with my daughter Megan, showed a Red Bi-Colour Persian “GPN Medolee Cazaly”.
I was elected onto the Committee of the FCCV Inc. in 1986 and remained a Committee Member until 2002. During this time I actively promoted the FCCV through “Talk to the Animals” and “City of Knox Pet Care Days”; was Group 1 Section Manager for the Feline Control Council Open Show and the Royal Melbourne Show; assisted in running of Judges seminars, revamping of the FCCV Inc. Constitution and for a number of years was Minute Secretary for the CCCA. In 1979 I joined the Sacred Cat of Burma Fanciers Association of Victoria attending the 2nd meeting of the association and for the next 10 years held the positions of Secretary, Editor of the Association’s magazine and then President. In 1990 I obtained my Group 1 Longhair Judges licence and since then have judged throughout Australia and New Zealand, again having met a lot of wonderful people in my travels.
Outside the Cat Fancy:
I work in an amputee clinic in a hospital and have found this work to be very humbling and rewarding having made a lot of new friends, giving me a much different outlook on the world and people in general and being very thankful for what I have and what I have been able to achieve in my lifetime. Together with my husband Gary we enjoy the company of our six grandchildren who are equally divided between Ballarat and Coronet Bay who tend to keep us busy with soccer, concerts and birthdays; our two Schnauzers – a giant black female called “Awun Misdemeanour” and a salt & pepper mini male called “Reuben”. I also enjoy bicycle riding, gardening and picnics. In 1997 I started having lessons in the art of leadlighting and became hooked on leadlighting and glass painting having produced a number of rather nice pieces, one of which is my new front door.
I can be contacted as follows:
33 Drouin Rd,
Poowong. Vic 3988, Australia
Telephone: Home - 03 5659 2073. Mob - 0411 129234