Gerard Leahy is the youngest of J. J. Leahy’s nine children. He was born in 1930 and was educated at St. Ignatius College, Riverview, in Sydney. He worked for a year in the International Harvester tractor factory at Geelong in Victoria. After a year’s jackerooing on his father’s property Oban in western Queensland, out from Mt. Isa, he spent all his working and family life on Burra Station near Tumbarumba, on the western slopes of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. He was involved in many sporting and community activities in the Tumbarumba district. After selling his property, he moved to the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.