Bob was born in Brisbane in 1930. His father was Les Hunter, and he worked as a tailor. Les Hunter moved his
family to Sydney to live when Bob was 14 years old. Bob attended Waverley College, Sydney. In his leaving certificate, Bob managed to achieve a position in the top 200 of the state. This gained him a scholarship to be able to do Arts and Law at Sydney
University. Without the scholarship it’s unlikely his family could have afforded to send him to university.
After completing his law degree, he worked as a clerk for catholic law firm Carroll O’Dea in
Sydney for a few years. He was then approached by the Minter Simpson family company to join them. Bob became a Barrister in 1959, and served for 35 years. In 1972 he became a Queens Counsel, then became a Supreme Court Judge in 1994.
Pauline was born in Tamworth. Her great grandfather was Daniel
Regan. He came out to Australia from Ireland in 1855. The family were in retail in Ireland, and when they came to Tamworth they set up Regan Pty Ltd, as a general merchandise business, selling everything from food, to haberdashery, to cars and tractors. The
family later purchased a flourmill in Tamworth
Pauline's father was Basil Regan. After going back to England and doing a flourmill course, Basil managed the flourmill and eventually founded the starch factory. Basil
perfected a process which produced the world’s first dry gluten. It was a world patent for the separation of gluten from flour. This process is now in use all over the world.
This company was later made
public. The Regans sold out of the company when it became the Goodman Fielder starch factory, and the company still resides on Marius Street, Tamworth.
Pauline attended primary school at the Dominican
Convent, Tamworth, and high school at Rosebay in Sydney. After school, she worked in the family's flourmill laboratory, testing the flour and wheat for the qualities needed to make good quality bread and biscuit products. She later moved to Sydney and worked
for Fielders in their Sydney laboratories. Pauline met Bob through a mutual friend at the Law Ball in 1956. They married in 1958 and have 6 children. Kerry, Damian, Kate, Sophie, James, and Michael. They have 16 grand children.