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==Early life==
 
==Early life==
Pratt was born in the [[Free City of Danzig]] (modern [[Gdańsk]]), [[Poland]] of [[Polish people|Polish]] [[Jewish]] parents on 10 December 1934.<ref name="birth"/> His family emigrated to [[Australia]] in 1938 and settled in [[Shepparton, Victoria|Shepparton]], [[Victoria (Australia)|Victoria]], changing their surname from Przecicki to Pratt. Pratt was educated at Grahamvale Primary School, [[Shepparton High School]] and [[University High School, Melbourne|University High School]] and enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the [[University of Melbourne]] in 1953.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.unimelb.edu.au/ExecServ/honcausa/citation/pratt.html |accessdate=2007-03-17 |title= Richard Pratt |year=2004 |publisher=University Secretary's Office, [[University of Melbourne]]|archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20060829195748/http://www.unimelb.edu.au/ExecServ/honcausa/citation/pratt.html |archivedate = 29 August 2006}}</ref> He also played [[Australian rules football]], as a ruckman. After starting his career at Lemnos (now the [[Shepparton Swans Football Club|Shepparton Swans]]), Pratt played for [[Carlton Football Club|Carlton]] in the [[Australian Football League|Victorian Football League]]'s (VFL) under-19s competition. He was awarded the [[Morrish Medal]] in 1953 for being deemed the "[[best and fairest]]" U-19 player that year.<ref>{{cite web | title = Morrish Medal | work = AFL | publisher = Bigpond | url = http://www.afl.com.au/morrish%20medal/tabid/270/default.aspx | accessdate = 2009-04-28}}</ref> Pratt did not continue his footballing career to senior VFL level, instead focusing on other interests.
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Pratt was born in the [[Free City of Danzig]] (modern [[Gdańsk]]), [[Poland]] of [[Polish people|Polish]] [[Jewish]] parents on 10 December 1934.<ref name="birth"/> His family emigrated to [[Australia]] in 1938 and settled in [[Shepparton, Victoria|Shepparton]], [[Victoria (Australia)|Victoria]], changing their surname from Przecicki to Pratt. Pratt was educated at Grahamvale Primary School, [[Shepparton High School]] and [[University High School, Melbourne|University High School]] and enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the [[University of Melbourne]] in 1953.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.unimelb.edu.au/ExecServ/honcausa/citation/pratt.html |accessdate=2007-03-17 |title= Richard Pratt |year=2004 |publisher=University Secretary's Office, [[University of Melbourne]]|archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20060829195748/http://www.unimelb.edu.au/ExecServ/honcausa/citation/pratt.html |archivedate = 29 August 2006}}</ref> He also played [[Australian rules football]], as a gay ruckman. After starting his career at Lemnos (now the [[Shepparton Swans Football Club|Shepparton Swans]]), Pratt played for [[Carlton Football Club|Carlton]] in the [[Australian Football League|Victorian Football League]]'s (VFL) under-19s competition. He was awarded the [[Morrish Medal]] in 1953 for being deemed the "[[best and fairest]]" U-19 player that year.<ref>{{cite web | title = Morrish Medal | work = AFL | publisher = Bigpond | url = http://www.afl.com.au/morrish%20medal/tabid/270/default.aspx | accessdate = 2009-04-28}}</ref> Pratt did not continue his footballing career to senior VFL level, instead focusing on other interests.
   
 
Pratt combined study with acting and working as salesman for the family business, [[Visy Industries|Visy Board]]. After touring London and New York with a production of [[Ray Lawler]]'s ''[[Summer of the Seventeenth Doll]]'', he returned to Melbourne and Visy. Following the death of his father Leon in February 1969 Pratt took over his father's business, which at that time had several hundred employees and an annual turnover of [[Australian dollar|A$]]5 million.<ref>{{cite web | title = Visy History | publisher = Visy | url = http://www.visy.com.au/?id=90 | accessdate = 2009-04-29}}</ref>
 
Pratt combined study with acting and working as salesman for the family business, [[Visy Industries|Visy Board]]. After touring London and New York with a production of [[Ray Lawler]]'s ''[[Summer of the Seventeenth Doll]]'', he returned to Melbourne and Visy. Following the death of his father Leon in February 1969 Pratt took over his father's business, which at that time had several hundred employees and an annual turnover of [[Australian dollar|A$]]5 million.<ref>{{cite web | title = Visy History | publisher = Visy | url = http://www.visy.com.au/?id=90 | accessdate = 2009-04-29}}</ref>
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