Former local is NT’s new Administrator
Saturday, 1st November, 2014
By Andrew Robertson
Former local man John Hardy, who went on to create one of the Northern Territory’s largest airlines, has now become the Territory’s Administrator.
The son of a metallurgist, Mr Hardy grew up in Broken Hill and worked as a radiographer before moving to the NT in 1971 where he carved out a career in aviation.
He established Air North in 1978 and later Hardy Aviation which is now one of the Territory’s biggest airlines.
He also has been a strong supporter of many organisations, including the Government House Foundation, the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Tiwi Islands football.
Mr Hardy also served as Commodore of the Darwin Sailing Club and played a leading role in establishing the annual Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race.
In 2012 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to aviation.
Former BH neighbour Mary Beven said yesterday that Mr Hardy’s father, Evan, was the chief metallurgist at the North Mine and the family lived on the North Mine lease before moving to Proprietary Square.
She said Mr Hardy - who has three siblings, Bill, Michael and Gwyneth - worked as a radiographer at the hospital before moving to Darwin with his wife Marie (nee Mercieca).
As NT Administrator, he will have a similar role to that performed by state governors.
Mr Hardy said he hoped he would be able to continue his community work in his new role.
“I came to the Territory as a young pilot and fell in love with this place and its people,” he said.
“My wife Marie and I have brought up our family here. It is a great honour to be chosen for this important position representing Territorians.”
Mr Hardy will be officially sworn in by Governor General Peter Cosgrove at Government House on November 10.