Thanks for the tip Beefriendly.
A friend and I went to visit Ron yesterday and yes, he does have lots of hives. Don't think that he is wanting to downsize though as he expressed interest in keeping his boxes and lids. We took our own up so that was our intention anyway, let him keep his. Got the bees much cheaper for this reason.
On inspection of the first 6 hives, no sign/evidence of queen presence, was getting frustrated. Hives 7 to 10 did have queen presence and not a single SHB. No evidence of AFB or other diseases either so we were very happy with getting a 10 and 8 frame nuc each. After the looong wait, we are now beekeepers.
I can recommend Ron's bees from Medowie, I believe that the trip was most worthwhile. His bees were quite docile, Ron does not even suit up.
He has ready now a 4 frame nuc with a sighted queen plenty of brood and honey and no SHB etc. We did not purchase this one only for the fact that we went for the 8 frame hive, just to get a head start. Don't think that a desperado will be disappointed with the quality.