Harry wants to be ‘just like them’
WHEN you think of a Book Week costume, most of the ones that come to mind are superheroes, fairy tale characters or the classics like Harry Potter, Tin-Tin and Where’s Wally.
But nine-year-old Harry Maher, who lives in Bellingen in New South Wales, took his Book Week costume very seriously – dressing up as his hero John “Beetle” Bailey, a truckie who worked for Lindsay Brothers.
John wrote a book about his life as a truckie – Two Lifetimes Behind the Wheels and has been inducted into the National Transport Hall of Fame.
It’s his book – and Harry’s great-grandfather Ken ‘Yappy’ O’Connor, his grandfather Stephen O’Connor and his father Rod Maher who all drove trucks for the Coffs Harbour-based business – that inspired Harry to dress up as a truckie.
“I want to be just like them when I grow up!” Harry said.
When Big Rigs asked Harry just what it was that he loved about trucks, he enthusiastically answered: “Everything!”
Harry loved riding in trucks and said it was “all fun but blowing the horn was the best part!”
Harry’s dad and grandfather both agreed that it was hard for Harry not to have such a passion for trucks as it was in his blood. They said the way he gets excited talking about them was very heart-warming and it was pretty special for a boy to want to be just like his dad.
One of Harry’s fondest memories was a road trip to Uluru with his family, in which it was very important they made a pit stop at Alice Springs to see the National Transport Hall of Fame.
Harry’s mother Sam Maher said Harry almost cried from excitement when they walked in and didn’t want to leave.
■ Does your child want to be a truck driver and is inspired by a truckie they know? Email [email protected] bigrigs.com.au.
FUTURE TRUCKIE: Harry Maher wants to be a truckie like his dad, granddad and his great-granddad.
Harry Maher (second left) took a trip to Alice Springs to see the National Transport Hall of Fame with his family.