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Opera singer Harold Blair was born in Cherbourg, Queensland in 1924, and was destined for greatness. He was 17 and working as a tractor driver at a sugar mill in Fairymead, when his workmates coerced him into singing at a concert in Childers. In early 1945, Harold attracted a record tally of listeners’ votes when he appeared in the radio amateur hour talent quest. With that performance, Harold became one of the first Australian Aborigines to perform on national radio. From the Message Stick series.

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