Ron Bradfield

A man sits in a chair outside in the Australian bush. He wears a colourful purple and green shirt and a black fedora.

About thirty years ago, Ron Bradfield signed a piece of paper, that made him the property of The Queen and the Commonwealth of Australia – he had become a member of this county’s largest legal gang – the Australian Military.

Ten years later, he handed back the uniforms, titles and ritual (he kept the hats though) and he returned to a civilian Australia, a place he struggled to come to terms with and understand. As a Bardi Aboriginal man who grew up away from his country, he’d received fairer treatment in a life of uniform than he’d ever received out of it and returning to ‘the world’ again. This shocked him.

It took another fifteen years to discover who he was and what mattered. Leaving behind his electrical trade and reinventing himself as a youth worker and then community development worker seemed remarkably easy. Ron’s want to truly stop and hear other peoples stories saw him slowly start to learn a lot more about his own. 

Taking that leap of faith required to transition from good strong tea, to fresh coffee, he jumped ship again and found a comfy seat in the arts. Ron hasn’t looked back since; a storyteller and facilitator he shares yarns on stage with Barefaced Stories and uses the incredibly latent power found in storytelling to remind people that who they are matters.

If somehow Ron’s yarns help you to discover ‘where’ you are and ‘why’ you are, then that’s the best kind of hat-trick he believes you will find!

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