- August 13th Richard Bruce Carey born in Sydney
1929 - October 9th Thel Hoctor born in Glossodia
Rick joins the RAAF as a radio mechanic for the last two
years of WW II.
Learned to play guitar that his father gave him while
in the Air Force.
- Thel buys a guitar age 19 and teaches herself how to pick out
melodies and then learns bar chords.
- Rick meets Thel at a Hillbilly Club. They decide to team up
together and form a duet.
1950 - January 12 together they topped Sydney radio’s 466th Amateur Hour
- January 5 Rick and Thel marry and rent a house in Merrylands
with another couple. Joy McKean and Slim Dusty. Thel writes
“Rusty It’s Goodbye” which she swaps with Slim Dusty for “I’ll
Never be Fooled Again”.
1954 - January first recordings with EMI Regal Zonophone. “I’ll
Never be Fooled Again” flip side “She Was Happy ‘Till She Met
Recorded with EMI for 25 years.
1950’s – Four about 4 years did short tours and western suburb
halls that fitted in with their day jobs- Thel as a teacher and
Rick as a motor mechanic.
- January 28 first daughter Lynne born.
1958 - Joined the All Star Western Show featuring
Kevin King, Nev Nicholls and Chad Morgan.
Disagreements lead to the disbanding of this group.
1960 - Joined the
Morgan Show. A dispute saw this show split with Rick and Thel
being joined by Athol McCoy and later Gordon parsons and Brian
- January 8 second daughter Susan born.
- The Rick and Thel Show commenced touring. They featured Athol
McCoy, Woolhouse Twins, Brian Young, Curly Aylward, and later
Johnny Heap, Eddie Tapp.
1967 - First tour of
1974 - Second daughter Susan dies at age 14 after a long history
of illnesses. Pioneered touring by air to cover the large
distances out outback and northern
1977 - Inducted into the Hands of Fame in
1978 - December signed with Hadley Label in
Tamworth. There they recorded “For Jenny a Rose.”
- Completed tour of the South West of Western Australia.
- South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into
the Hall of Fame
1985 - Inducted into the Roll of Renown in
- Thel has surgery to remove a tumour from under her tongue.
1987 - Completed their final show in
and retired from the music scene due to Thel’s health.
1988 - Settle on their property and new home in Denmark, Western Australia after
30 years of travelling and living in a van.
1998 - Thel passed away on Oct 2nd from tongue cancer. Thel was
buried on her 69th birthday Oct 9th in
– Release of the album titled “Beyond the Dream” featuring Rick
with his daughter Lynne and friends.