He spent his early childhood years firstly at Sandgate, then Scrivener Dam and later Scrivener Street, O’Connor, Canberra ACT, Australia.
He attended the local pre-school and soon after primary school at St Josephs in O’Connor went to live in New Del
hi, India with the family.
As a boy he enjoyed breeding chooks in the back yard, playing soccer and learning the clarinet. He was always the tall, gentle big brother to me. He is standing next to the white cat ‘Kimba’ named after the TV children’s show.
He left school and joined the public service, doing some study also at the ANU. He traveled to NY on his savings. Had a few years living in a Miller Street in his first share house, O’Connor and then moving into a group house again, working as community worker at 6 Cobb Crescent Watson.
He married Kate Hughes and became step father to Daniel, later also having another daughter Emma Louise Judge.
Hal realised he was going deaf in his 30ies and ended up only have 30% hearing in one ear, which maybe has something to do with how he keeps so calm when everyone else isn’t perhaps.
Hal is one of the most generous people you could ever meet. He rarely gets upset about anything, very even tempered in my view and only has the most positive of outlooks on all life, that is why he always looks so happy and even almost skips when he walks. He later also went to having another daughter Lucy, who turned into a beautiful and very musical and creative girl, who lives in Sydney with her mother and other family.
Lucy is still very much an important part of the Judge family and Hal’s other gorgeous daughter. They are a close family with much creativity in their veins.
Hal had a fantastic career in senior roles in the public service, leaving with a handsome superannuation package and a great lifestyle with two dogs, more chickens and a huge garden in Watson in a purple house.
In his 50’s Hal taught student at ADFA, Completed a writing degree at University of Canberra, primary school students at Blue Gum Community School, Watson, Prisoners in Canberra Gaol Poetry writing skills, co ordindated the annual writers festival several years running in Bali and even got married to Joan (nee Cornish) in Bali on the 9 of the 9th 2009, a very luck year for all the family.
Hal traveled to Europe with Joan in 2013 and they visited where his great great great grandfathers were buried. Including his great grandmother Catherine Breheney.
Hal was invited to spend a year in Yogyakarta during 2014 where he worked on designing training materials and course work for disaster workers. He always had a measured, eye for detail with good strengths in setting goals, planning and achieving change. He loves a good party with his friends and has many many people he has stayed in touch with all his life.He is a wonderful brother, husband, son, father, writer, teacher, gardener, Ace scrabble player, poet, karate expert and above all gentle, very generous and fun loving man. He has a touch of the Irish humour and sense of fun.
You can find his poetry at these links