Bill and Janne Shead have lived and worked on Lord Howe Island for 30 years, making this island paradise not only their home but an enclave of tranquillity and rest for the fortunate few. This is the history of their dream. Their fantasy lived. This is their story. It was 1987 and we Sheads, all five of us, myself, Janne, and the three girls Emma, Jolin and Kim, were living in Chatswood on Sydney’s North Shore. Our most exciting recreation involved sailing to Lord Howe Island 400 nautical miles northeast of Sydney in the Tasman Sea.