Stirling Times

PRIDE OF VETERAN

- Nadia Budihardjo

AN Innaloo veteran feels “damn lucky” to be turning 100 years old this week after an adventurou­s life.

Innaloo Football Club life member Jack Hunter was born in Creswick, Victoria on Anzac Day, 1921 and lived in Newlyn as a child.

The club will be celebratin­g the milestone birthday at the Innaloo football clubrooms on Saturday.

“I worked hard, played hard and just damn lucky to have lived,” Mr Hunter said.

“The life I’ve lived, where I travelled, I’ve been all over this State from Esperance to Wyndham and in between. You name it, I’ve been there.”

Mr Hunter said he was a “jack-of-all-trades” before joining the Air Force reserve in 1941 and served in the New Guinea campaign in World War II.

“I was working but I did different things; I worked at the mines for a while before and tried a couple of jobs in Melbourne

before I joined up,” he said.

“I worked in the bush a bit too, I was an adventurou­s bugger.

“I worked at Royal Australian Air Force headquarte­rs on St Kilda Rd in Melbourne.

“Then I had numerous postings in NSW and then I went to the tropics for about threeand-a-half years.”

Mr Hunter said he chose to work in WA over chartering towers in Queensland and made a permanent move to Perth in 1956.

“I jumped at it (moving to WA); best thing that’s happened to me,” he said.

“I married a West Australian and I came to live here.”

“We didn’t move to Innaloo until 1958.”

Mr Hunter has been involved with Innaloo Football Club since it started in the 1960s as a trainer and committee member.

“I was the secretary the first year from the Sunday League to go into the amateurs,” he said.

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 ?? Picture: Andrew Ritchie ?? Jack Hunter, who served in the New Guinea campaign in World War II, will turn 100 years old on Anzac Day.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie Jack Hunter, who served in the New Guinea campaign in World War II, will turn 100 years old on Anzac Day.

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