Leeton newspaper article on Morrie Grant

Leeton Paper –May 2017

ONE late Leeton resident has become a star in his own right, featuring in a new book.

A Breed of Their Own, compiled by Wagga’s Tanya Friend, features stories of residents from across the region, with the late Morrie Grant from Leeton sharing his thoughts and history.

Mr Grant recently passed away, but his story will never be forgotten thanks to the book, as well as the Breed of Their Own website.

Ms Friend said Mr Grant was a star in her eye.

“I would love to share with all the joy I had on capturing on film a true legend in my eyes,” she said.

Mr Grant was born in 1916 and live in Leeton.

Ms Friend was able to gain quite an insight into his life while speaking with him and getting to know him.

“I heard about Morrie through a dear friend, she said I must meet (him),” she said.

“When I arrived I found his van out the back of an old weatherboard house placed among old trees - this was his place he called home.

“Morrie was waiting for me sitting up tall in chair with his walking stick right beside him.

“There was an old 70s looking TV cabinet as a dining table covered with just so much stuff, which included a hot four-litre white wine cask.

“Not far from here was a stool and two big milk cartons filled with water.

“He told me he had it all - the wife, the house and money, but’this is what I like Tanya, the simplicity - you just don't need all that stuff’.

Ms Friend said it had been a pleasure getting to know Mr Grant and hearing about his life.

She found him to be a “brilliant and kind man”.

“I am so honored to be sharing him to the world,” Ms Friend said.

Ms Friend’s website features stories of people from across the region.

She enjoys telling their stories to ensure they aren’t forgotten in the years to come. Mr Grant featured in the first series of Breed of Their Own and Ms Friend is now working on a second iinstalment

Residents wanting to suggest someone that should take part can contact Ms Friend on 0417 069 061. For more information visit www.breedoftheirown.com.au or https://www.facebook.com/Breedoftheirown/.

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