In fact, the couple have a collection of about 500 colour photos, taken in 1968 and 1969 when Bailey was a teacher trainer attached to Nikao Teachers College. He worked in schools throughout the Cook Islands and was so fascinated by island life that he took hundreds of photos, using slide film.
Years later he had many of his old slides converted to computer files and then printed, and are in remarkably good condition.
As well as general scenes of island life, Bailey, who met and married Tuaine Strickland here, took lots of photos of the people he worked with and earlier this year, shared some of them with CI News readers.
“I was just an amateur photographer, but I saw many opportunities for photos and it seemed like paradise here to me at the time.”
The Baileys live in Pukekohe, Auckland, but have visited the Cook Islands many times over the years and next time they visit, plan to bring some more photos with them.