Hillarys: author Chris Frame returns to St Mark’s Anglican Community School where passion for shipping started

Assistant Principal Teresa Gastevich with author Chris Frame (Sorrento). Photo: Martin Kennealey
Assistant Principal Teresa Gastevich with author Chris Frame (Sorrento). Photo: Martin Kennealey

AUTHOR Chris Frame recently returned to his roots to celebrate his latest releases.

Frame said his passion for ocean liners and passenger ships developed in his primary years at St Mark’s Anglican Community School where he found a book in the library about the Titanic.

“That started my interest in ships and it quickly became a life-long passion after I first sailed on the QE2 back in 1995,” he said.

“As a primary school kid I would go to the library to find the next shipping book and the teachers were really good at encouraging the kids to follow their interest.

“I also remember teachers encouraging my creative writing about ships and history.”

After graduating high school and finishing university, Frame collaborated with Rachelle Cross on their first book.

“This was in 2008 and we were only 24 when we first got published,” he said.

“Today, Rachelle and I have over a dozen books published including our newest one Aurora: A Photographic Journey based on the famous cruise ship Aurora, and an upcoming history book about the Orient Line which used to sail with many passengers to Australia.”

As a thank you, Frame went back to his Hillarys school to meet with then librarian and now assistant principal Teresa Gastevich to gift the library copies of each.