His Honour the Honourable John Hardy OAM was sworn in as the 21st Administrator of the Northern Territory on 10 November 2014.
His Honour was born in Midland Junction, Perth, Western Australia in 1942. He moved with his family to Broken Hill in New South Wales at the age of six, and attended North School with his sister and two brothers. His Honour completed his schooling at Broken Hill High School, where he met his wife Mrs Marie Hardy and they were married in South Australia at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Glenelg.
In 1971, His Honour first arrived in the Northern Territory to accept a pilot position with the South Australian and Territory Air Services. The Territory was growing rapidly and pilots for general aviation were in great demand. In 1978 he was a founding member of Airnorth and in 1991 he founded Hardy Aviation with Mrs Marie Hardy. His Honour was instrumental in organising regular public transport air services to remote communities across the Top End. His Honour managed many young pilots over the years, assisting them to improve their flying abilities and gain successful careers in aviation.
His Honour’s career has not been limited to the aviation industry. He initially trained as a radiographer and performed this role during the early stages of his aviation career. He worked at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woodville, South Australia, the Bureau of Medical Inspection in Broken Hill, New South Wales, and the old Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory. In 1975 he was Superintendent Radiographer of the Northern Territory.
His Honour plays an active role in the community and has had a close involvement with a range of organisations. His Honour has been a member of the Rotary Club of Darwin since 1983. He was President in 1997 and 1998 and has been awarded two Paul Harris Fellowships. The first was to recognise his work in producing the Rotary Bulletin continuously for eight years, and the second was for leadership in organising the Club to provide almost immediate assistance to the community when the Katherine floods of 1998 occurred.
His Honour has given his support to the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Australian Rules football clubs. Through his work with Hardy Aviation, His Honour has sponsored the Wanderers Football Club, Tiwi Football League and Territory Thunder.
Passionate about sport and sailing in particular, His Honour was elected Commodore of Darwin Sailing Club in 1992 for two years and again in 2004 for three years. He was also made a life member. He played a leadership role in establishing the Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race which celebrates the relationship between the Northern Territory and Indonesia. His Honour has twice been the Grand Master of the Hash Harriers Club and has completed at least 2000 runs. He was also a committee member of the Lord’s Taverners during its formative years and was made an honorary member of the Spitfire Association.
In June 2012 His Honour was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to aviation in the Northern Territory, and to the community.
His Honour and Mrs Hardy have been married for over 50 years and have three sons, two daughters and eight grandchildren.