Next chapter for Maitland couple


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Darrell Colliver and his wife Kristine are selling their home and interior design business in Maitland to move closer to Adelaide so that Darrell can receive ongoing treatment for cancer and PTSD. PIC TAIT SCHMAAL.

MOVING from one place to another can be hard, especially when you really love where you live.

That’s what ex-Royal Australian Navy petty officer Darrell Colliver and his wife Kristine, 57 and 50 respectively, are finding, as they reluctantly sell their Maitland house and interior design business to move to Adelaide so Mr Colliver can receive ongoing treatment for cancer and post traumatic stress disorder.


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“At 15 I left Maitland and joined the Navy and in my time there I spent time in the northwest Indian Ocean, I did three-months in the Pacific, and I was on a destroyer for two years and a patrol boat for two years, and then did a deployment in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea and that area,” Mr Colliver said.

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As a result of his military service in Papua New Guinea, Mr Colliver got post traumatic stress disorder, which has seen him experience both depression and anxiety.

As well as having Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome, Mr Colliver underwent a double hip replacement at 48, and in 2002 was diagnosed with an aggressive skin cancer.

“I got the original cancer and then I went into remission for 15 years, but in March last year it reared up again,” Mr Colliver said.

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“Through all the biopsies and surgeries I’ve had, I now have no nose at all.

“I deal with all of this with a bit of humour – that’s usually the best way to tackle it.”

Mr Colliver returned to his home town of Maitland 10 years ago to buy a home and establish a renovation company, and later interior design company Spencer & Vincent with his wife at 20-22 Elizabeth St.

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The renovated stone character home has three bedrooms and character features throughout while the attached commercially-zoned property is currently set up as the Spencer & Vincent showroom, but could be used as a B&B, a cafe or a studio.

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Sad to leave, Mr Colliver said, with more procedures in Adelaide on the horizon and his mental health requiring some support, the couple can no longer stay in Maitland.

“We’ve put a lot of heart and soul into this property and were very proud of it and it will be sad to leave it, but we’ve got to move on to the next stage of our journey,” he said.

Check out Spencer & Vincent on Instagram: @spencerandvincent

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