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It's Doherty and I'm Free

Charles 'Bunny' Doherty (1900-1969)

Grandson of Tom, Charles ‘Bunny’ Doherty served in the AIF [6th Division]. He became a Japanese POW, and worked on the Burma Railway. According to Weary Dunlop the Japanese referred to Doherty as ‘No 1 Build Bridge’.
Kerr & McDermott, The Huon Pine Story (1999)

The legendary ‘Bunny’ Doherty, whose reputation for hard work was only surpassed by his reputation for hard drink, once walked into a Strahan hotel carrying an axe by his side. The barman attempted to make conversation with Bunny about his axe and enquired politely if he could have a look at it. The piner responded by embedding the axe in the bar top, and then casually asked for a drink…
- Richard Flanagan, from A Terrible Beauty (1985)

Charles ‘Bunny’ Doherty, the piner’s piner (right), and brother Ron Doherty (left), at the Lawn Camp, the highest point in the Gordon River where horses were used for logging.
Charles ‘Bunny’ Doherty, the piner’s piner (right), and brother Ron Doherty (left), at the Lawn Camp, the highest point in the Gordon River where horses were used for logging.

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