City bowls over Hay Park stal­wart

South Western Times - - Faces & Places - Justin Fris

Bun­bury-based vet­eri­nar­ian and de­vout Hay Park Cricket Club vol­un­teer Gra­ham Har­ra­dine has called the South West “home” since 1980.

How­ever for the Queens­lan­der, two jour­neys ar­guably have played a part in shap­ing where he is to­day.

“I’ve al­ways had a pas­sion for bi­o­log­i­cal sciences,” he said. “And when I left school, I spent a year as a jacka­roo for 12 months.

“I was very for­tu­nate that I worked out on a small sta­tion in south-western Queens­land (about 100km south of Charleville), which was fam­ily owned.

“They loved their horses, cat­tle and sheep. I learnt an aw­ful lot in the time I was there. My par­ents also had farm­ing back­grounds any­way, so I was al­ways prob­a­bly lean­ing to­wards that type of thing any­way.”

The sec­ond jour­ney came af­ter Gra­ham had com­pleted his ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Queens­land.

“At the end of fourth year, two of my stu­dent col­leagues and I de­cided we’d like to do a trip around Aus­tralia,” he said.

“So we bought an old Toy­ota Land­Cruiser and the three of us drove around Aus­tralia but we all had to fit in some prac­ti­cal work place­ments dur­ing our hol­i­day to ful­fil the re­quire­ments of our univer­sity course.

“The Univer­sity of Queens­land ar­ranged for me to do some prac work here in Bun­bury and I came here and met Mike Sier.

“I did a cou­ple of weeks of work with him and af­ter two weeks, he of­fered me a job later in the year. I went to Vic­tor Har­bour in South Aus­tralia for six months, came back and I’ve been here ever since.”

Grow­ing up in Brisbane, Gra­ham also swam com­pet­i­tively for many years as a ju­nior.

“I en­joyed it,” he said. “Al­though I sort of suf­fered from it a lit­tle bit as a lot of them do at age 16 or 17. I burnt out a bit as I’d been swim­ming com­pet­i­tively for eight or nine years at that stage.

“I had enough, so I let it lapse a bit. “I placed in Brisbane met­ro­pol­i­tan cham­pi­onships in breast­stroke as a pri­mary school kid. I won the age cham­pi­onships at ‘Churchie’ (Angli­can Church Gram­mar School), which was the high school that I went to. That was based around all strokes.”

Al­though happy liv­ing in Bun­bury, there are still some el­e­ments back in Queens­land which stay firmly in Gra­ham’s mind. “Def­i­nitely my fam­ily,” he said. “They are over in that part of the world. I miss the moun­tains — I love get­ting up into Lam­ing­ton Na­tional Park up in the Gold Coast hin­ter­land — along with Binna Burra and places like that.

“I just love get­ting up there amongst the moun­tains and trees; it’s just fan­tas­tic.”

I’ve al­ways had a pas­sion for bi­o­log­i­cal sciences and when I left school, I spent a year as a jacka­roo for 12 months.


Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Gra­ham Har­ra­dine has an over­rid­ing pas­sion for the land, along with bi­o­log­i­cal sciences and cricket.

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