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