TRAIN TO A NEW LIFE

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

I found some­thing cu­ri­ous the other day, Bren­don. You were born in New Zea­land. How did you end up in Aus­tralia and even­tu­ally rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia?

AMy dad was a train driver and in 1977 there was a mas­sive iron ore boom in Western Aus­tralia. There was a lack of qual­i­fied driv­ers to take the ore from the mine. So all of a sud­den we were thrust into the north­west of Western Aus­tralia go­ing from the lush green pas­tures of Hamil­ton, New Zea­land to 45-de­gree heat and bar­ren sand. But that’s where the work was. There was a mas­sive in­flux of overseas work­ers. I think we went over with an­other 120 New Zea­land train driv­ers and we set up shop in the north­west from the age of seven for me. My fam­ily spent 30 years up there. I went to board­ing school in Perth. I went back to New Zea­land in 1981 for four years and then re­turned. I played cricket in New Zea­land for a cou­ple of years.

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