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20 Sep

VOL 1

Josiah Farrer

23 YRS • Halls Creek

"I want to become a cop to help the community”

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My name is Josiah Farrer, I was born on the 9th of June 1991 in Derby regional hospital. Mum and my dad moved back to Halls Creek with me and then three years later had my younger brother Jonathan and then a year after that my youngest brother Jye. So we were all living as a happy family I guess until I was about six or seven mum and dad split and then mum packed up and we left to go live in a small town called Rosewood in Queensland. We stayed over there for a couple of years before we came back, I would of been around eight. Mum pretty much raised all us three boys on her own, we never had much support growing up from our dad. Then a year later I was moved up to Perth to live with my uncle and aunt, which was my mums younger sister which was to help get the stress off mums back. It was just a bit full on, she found another partner who had a lot more kids, it was just to much work for her. I left mums care when I was about ten years old and was pretty much on my own.

I stayed with Uncle Jamie for a few years got into football and being in Perth made me start looking at life a lot differently. I was then in hostel at 14 to 16, which was an aboriginal hostel for Clontarf aboriginal college. So yeah more or less I’ve pretty much done my youth as well as my teenage years pretty much trying to find out manhood on my own because like I said I didn’t have dad around to show me the ropes or anything like that. So yeah it was hard coming from, not a broken home but really you could say a disadvantaged one. So you know a lot of people could look at me and say he’s good look at him he’s pretty much grown up with a golden spoon but thats rubbish everything I’ve got now I’ve earn’t on my own but you know it’s good I’ve grown up that way I mean it’s made me the person I am today. You know if you guys were short of a shirt i’d give you the one off my back to help support you guys. I mean I did come a long way and from being bullied at a young age to pretty much being a role model in Halls Creek today and yeah i’m loving it

Josiah’s basketball clinic • Ringer Soak 


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… To be continued in Article 1 : young Australian men’s stories 

Images : Jayke Sampson & Jake Fawcett 

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