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Early life

Bruce was brought up in Melbourne and Perth. He attended Christ Church Grammar School (1956-62) He was a Jackaroo in the Kimberly, a roughneck on an oil rig south of Broome, drove a taxi in Port Hedland and a journalist on The West Australian. He was conscripted for the army (1966-68) serving with the Armoured Corps as a tank gunner. He attended the University of Western Australia (1968-71) graduating with an Honours degree in Politics and History. He was a member of Guild Council, President of the Arts Union, Senior Student at St Georges College and winner of the University undergraduate art prize. He played rugby union for the university.

Working life

Bruce was posted to Pakistan as Third Secretary (1972-73). He was posted to South Africa as Second Secretary (1976-79). He initiated Australian Embassy contact with members of the black South African resistance,[3] including the Black Consciousness Movement in 1976. Included amongst the friends he made at this time were Steve Biko (murdered by police whilst being held in detention in 1977) and Dr. Mamphela Ramphele (Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town and a Director of the World Bank). Haigh helped banned newspaper editor, Donald Woods, escape from South Africa. His role in that escape was portrayed by Australian actor John Hargreaves in the film Cry Freedom, produced and directed by Richard Attenborough. Haigh helped a number of other political activists escape from South Africa.[4][5]

Bruce was posted to Saudi Arabia as Deputy Head of Mission (1982-84), where he also covered developments in the Gulf States. He was Charge’ d’Affairs in Iran, May/July 1983. He was posted to Pakistan as Councillor and Deputy Head of Mission (1986-88). He became close to Benazir Bhutto who went on to become Prime Minister in 1988. He had reporting responsibilities for Afghanistan which was occupied by the Russians. He was tasked with taking photographs of Russian installations, tanks and materiel. He was posted to Sri Lanka (1994).

From 1990-93 he ran a program bringing black South Africans to Australia for training. Together with his predecessor he established the Ifa Lethu Foundation to repatriate art works to South Africa taken out of the country during apartheid. He was a Member of the Refugee Review Tribunal (1995-2000).

From 1997-2015 he grew grapes and olives near Mudgee, NSW. He is now lives in Orange, NSW, where he writes.

Bruce has three children and a step son. His eldest son, a lawyer and marathon runner died in 2016.


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Daley, Paul (9 October 2007). “Enviro-Envoy”. Bulletin with Newsweek. Haigh was a controversial diplomat who, while in South Africa, used his diplomatic immunity to help black activists flee repression. He famously helped the newspaper editor Donald Woods—a fierce critic of apartheid — escape from South Africa, an incident portrayed in the film Cry Freedom.