The pursuit of happiness

From humble beginnings to a life of endless adventure, Keith Green has done it all.

Born in East Fremantle in 1930, Keith Green is a lifelong West Australian resident. From humble beginnings as a young shearer, to running his own businesses, playing competitive tennis and travelling the world, Keith has certainly lived a fulfilled life. And he continues to do so well into his retirement. 

Following in the footsteps of his father, Keith started shearing when he was 15-years-old, and did so for 25 years. As it was seasonal work, he had lots of other casual jobs to keep him busy. 

He left shearing at age 39 and started a small transport business. In a very short time Keith was employing over 200 men. 

“While I was running my transport business, Standard Gauge came into Western Australia, and the railway had 3000 tonnes of potatoes that they couldn’t get anyone to move, so I said, yeah I’ll do that. And so the business took off from there.” 

In 1972 Keith purchased a seven-year-old Bay Gelding for one-hundred-and-fifty-dollars, and thus fell into horse racing. 

“I did a lot of work on him and he won 29 races. He was horse of the year in ‘74 and ’75,” Keith said.  

On the back of his horse’s success, he purchased a few more pacers as well as a couple of gallopers, and before he knew it he was running his own horse training business. 

“I won 42 races over four years at the trots. I carried on with the gallopers but they’re not quite as strong as the trotters. They always seem to have something go wrong with them,” Keith reflected.

Keith retired at 50 and became serious about his tennis. Playing for Western Australia in tournaments across the country, eventually progressing to the competitive circuit overseas. 

Keith now resides at Parkland Villas Booragoon, where he’s lived for the past 10 years, and he couldn’t be happier. 

“My family adores the village, it’s a great lifestyle here. And we’ve got a top manager in Tarryn. She’s such a delightful person, and we’re all very fond of her,” he said.

About two years after moving into the village, Keith met his wife, Lillian. 

“Supposedly we’re the only couple to have lived in the village and got married. People have got married outside, but not right here in the village. So that is special,” Keith recalled. 

Another one of Keith’s great loves is travel. In particular, cruises. 

From the maiden voyages of the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2, to cruising the world aboard Princess Cruises, Keith and Lillian are very well travelled. 

“We’ve just returned from Japan, and that was wonderful, and we really love the Canadian trip up through Alaska, that’s a beautiful cruise,” he said. 

They also travel to New Zealand in January and September every year, all on Princess Cruises. 

“The great thing about Princess Cruises is everything is taken care of for you. There’s so much entertainment, my lovely wife doesn’t have to cook, and we can enjoy the time onboard the ship together,” Keith said.

And just when you thought Keith couldn’t do any more, he also plays Pool twice per week, Snooker once per week, goes Ballroom Dancing with his wife, and is the president of the village bowls club. 

Keith credits his happy and relaxed lifestyle to his good health, his family, wife Lillian, and the wonderful team at Parkland Villas Booragoon. 

“Everything is a journey, and it’s all very exciting. I’m very lucky,” he said.