Australia Day 2016: Musician Col Hardy proud to be ambassador for Rockdale

Celebration: Musician Col Hardy is the the Rockdale Australia Day ambassador. Picture: Daniel Mann

COUNTRY music star Col Hardy will revisit fond memories when he returns to Rockdale as the 2016 Australia Day ambassador.

Mr Hardy lived in Kogarah for 38 years and for 12 years in the Sutherland Shire before that.

“It was just a happy coincidence that I was assigned the area,” he said.

“My four sons all attended school in the Rockdale area and my son Jeffrey played first grade rugby league with St George.

“My other three sons represented St George so I have lots of fond memories from the area.”

The Aboriginal musician taught himself how to play guitar as a young boy in Brewarrina before moving to Sydney in 1962.

His EP Protest Protest won him a Golden Guitar at the Country Music Awards in Tamworth in 1973.

Four albums later, in 1979, he was inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame in Tamworth.

He usually performs on Australia Day but was delighted after he was chosen to be an Australia Day ambassador in 2014.

“I was asked to be the ambassador for Brewarrina, my home town, which was a great honour,” he said.

“I am a very proud Aboriginal Australian but I also respect all the other nationalities and cultures in this great land that call Australia home.”

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