Andrew and Sandra Rose, keen amateur historians, retired early (2001) firstly to the small fishing and tourist village of Augusta in south-west Western Australia. They were involved with various community groups and enjoyed a relaxed life.
Their first book (as the joint authors) examined an incident in 1945, which led to the loss of 10 young lives from destroyer HMAS Nizam off Cape Leeuwin, near Augusta. Intending to prepare a paper for the Augusta Historical Society, their research and investigation became addictive and - "Man Overboard!: The HMAS Nizam Tragedy" - the first publication of Red Rose Books, was born.
Andrew, an Accountant and Economics graduate from the University of WA, had been working on a ‘secret project’ even before retiring to Augusta. With the successful release of ‘'Man Overboard!" he further honed his research skills, culminating in Red Rose Books publishing in 2010 - "Riding the Goat: The Secret World of Australian Freemasonry".
Sandra, previously Practice Manager for a law firm in Perth, has also been researching a book that is expected to be released early 2016. John Tapper, her great-great-great-grandfather, born at Fremantle in 1833, spent his life as a seaman on Western Australian coastal vessels. John led a colourful life reflecting the formative years of the Swan River Colony, and Fremantle, in particular.
Apart from researching and writing activities, Andrew and Sandra market and promote their publishing and distribution arm, Red Rose Books, since returning to Dianella, WA.