PRIDE OF VETERAN
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.