It is no surprise that Campbell Town claims famous aviator Harold Gatty as its own.
There's a Gatty Memorial Park on the highway and a Gatty Room at the museum in the Town Hall.
What is surprising is that Harold shared this sense of belonging.
After all, he left the town when he'd just turned two years old and would have no memory of it.
Harold was born in 1903, the fourth of six children belonging to James and Lucy Gatty.
The Gattys were originally from Fingal, where Harold's grandfather John owned the Talbot Arms Hotel, later renamed the Fingal Hotel.
Harold's father James was sent as a boy to Marist College in Sydney, where he excelled in geology, geometry and geography and won a scholarship to become a teacher.
In 1900 Harold's family were in Pontville, where his father was principal.
James Gatty then swapped positions with the principal at the Campbell Town School in order to get closer to home.
The family loved Campbell Town. Not only was there the school, but also a unit of army volunteers.
James became a Captain in the Tasmanian Infantry Regiment and was a champion marksman.
Disaster struck at the beginning of 1905, when the Education Department compulsorily transferred James to become head of the Zeehan School.
There was no appeal and no compensation for all the costs they incurred in moving.
As Harold grew up, it's certain he often heard of the injustice and longing of his parents to return to their friends and familiar surrounds at Campbell Town.
In 1909 James Gatty wreaked vengeance on the department, when a Royal Commission was held into the conduct of the Director of Education, Mr Neale.
Neale had incurred the wrath of the Teachers' Union for introducing major reforms.
The reforms were undeniably needed, but the director lacked tact in introducing them and found himself friendless at the enquiry.
James Gatty was a star witness and recounted at length about how imperiously the Director had acted and how badly he'd been treated. The Director had to resign, but it didn't get the family back home.
James took a job as Council Clerk at Zeehan, where Harold seemed to thrive, winning a scholarship to St Virgil's in Hobart before becoming an officer cadet in the Navy in 1917.
When Harold became world famous in 1931 after his round-the-world flight with Wiley Post, he was decorated by US President Herbert Hoover and asked to become a US citizen.
When he refused, saying he wanted to remain Tasmanian, President Hoover had to get a special law passed by Congress in order to offer him a senior position in the US Air Force!
Harold Gatty later wrote a survival manual issued to US aircraft in WWII, which included a map of the world. It showed no inland towns or cities - except one. Campbell Town.
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