Wallace was educated at Durham Choristers’ School, Durham School, and Methodist College Belfast. He completed an HND in Business Studies at the Ulster Polytechnic ad then spent four years as an articled clerk for Hill Vellacott and Bailey, Chartered Accountants before working as an administrator in the Students' Union in the Ulster University Jordanstown, Northern Ireland.
He applied for non-graduate place in the European Community offices in Brussels, Belgium. On appointment he worked there; first in the Fishery Directorate General, and then in External Relations. This led to a succession of ‘overseas’ appointments. He spent almost 5 years as Attaché in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and then 4 years in a similar post in Oslo Norway. They bought a house in Waterloo, Belgium. on returning to Brussels, and continued to work in the same section. For one year he was a roving attaché, and worked in Kiev, Colombo, Hanoi, Bangkok, Sarajevo and Maputo. In 1999 the family moved again - this time his appointment was in the EU Embassy in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.The whole family moved on again in the summer of 2003 - this time to Manila in the Philippines, where Wallace was able to continue his work for the European Community.
Having helped to rear his youngest brother Dermod, he seems to have all the attributes of a good father to his four sons, but was elated with the arrival of his daughter, Hannah, on 13 June 1999. Sabine and Wallace really do love children and hard work in equal measure. They decided to adopt another daughter while stationed in Pretoria.This process took longer than they expected but Rosalie Faith, who was born in Jo’burg on 20 Nov 2001, was already five months old when she joined the rest of her new family. She is of African stock.
Robert Wallace (Wallace) HARLAND
b. 12 May 1955, British Military Hospital, Iserlohn, Germany
m. 8 Jul 1977 & 17 Aug 1988