Molten Duke Ranch



The year was 1998. Ice Storms ravaged parts of North America as a result of El Nino. The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan, linking Shikoku with Honshu and costing cost about US$3.8 billion, opened to traffic, becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world. And in the bedroom of a grand Victorian mansion in the leafy suburb of Armadale in Melbourne's inner east, three young men in the prime of their lives started a band. Nick Sheard and David Hamilton, both hailing from Melbourne's exclusive finishing school, St Michael's, were long time pals who bonded over Creedence covers and West Coast Cooler on school band camp. Member number three, Jules Huitfeldt, a product of the even more exclusive Trinity College, located in an even leafier and more privileged suburb of Melbourne's inner east, met David at The Swinburne School. Both were studying business marketing and harbouring dreams of a rewarding career in middle management.

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