TRAIN TO A NEW LIFE
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.