|Title of host publication||The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate|
|Editors||Geoffrey Browne, Kay Walsh, Joel Bateman and Hari Gupta|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne Australia|
|Publisher||Melbourne University Press (an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing)|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
Gareth John Evans, the elder child of tram driver Allan Oswald Evans and his wife Phyllis (Phyl), nÃ©e LeBoeuf, formerly a store manager for Woolworths, was born at Kew, Melbourne, on 5 September 1944. Gareth grew up in Hawthorn, not far from the tram depot where his father worked, before the family moved to Surrey Hills in the 1950s. Evans maintained a life-long connection to the Hawthorn Football Club. He was known to his family and the friends of his youth as Gary and his upbringing was shaped, but not dominated, by the family's Methodist faith, a lower middle-class environment and his attendance at Hawthorn West Central School, where he stood out as a naturally gifted student who attained high marks without particular effort.