Driv­ing pas­sion

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

PAT Hal­la­han, from the Bus Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety based at White­man Park, was ap­pointed a Mem­ber of the Or­der of Aus­tralia in this year’s Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours for his ser­vice to the com­mu­nity through his work with the preser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Buses were the space­ship of Mr Hal­la­han’s era, spark­ing a life­long in­ter­est in the mode of transport.

He said he was just four years old when he fell in love with buses.

“I grew up in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances be­cause my mum was un­mar­ried with two chil­dren and we had to move from West Perth to a lit­tle cot­tage in Les­mur­die,” he said.

“It was a lonely old bushy place but Kostera’s Kala­munda buses passed my door and they be­came the space­ships of my era.

“I loved the sight, sound and colour of buses and it never left me.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483623

Pat Hal­la­han in front of a 1953 SB Bed­ford bus at the Kala­munda His­tory Vil­lage.

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