Ian Coate is a military artist and freelance illustrator. He joined the Royal Australian Survey Corps in the late 1980’s and was trained as an illustrator and military photographer. In the mid 1990’s, Ian left the army to become a home-dad and pursue a career as an artist/illustrator. Since then, Ian has produced an endless volume and variety of illustrations for magazines and books. In his capacity as a visual historian, his artworks are on display at museums around Australia, while his military prints are owned by collectors worldwide. If you wish to know more about Ian’s other works, you are invited to visit his website at: www.iancoate.com
Sue Coate enlisted in the Australian army in the mid 80’s. She changed from the Royal Australian Corps of Transport to the Royal Australian Signals Corps. Sue served 17 years in the army attaining the rank of Sergeant. She served a 7 month tour in Timor as part of INTERFET in 1999, before leaving the military in 2001.
Sue is now a Senior Systems Engineer. She keeps herself very fit by competing in the Masters Athletics. Ian & Sue’s three children have all grown up and become soldiers, nurses and teachers.