John Winston Howard was born in the working class Sydney suburb of Earlwood on 26 July 1939. His father was an automobile mechanic who ran his own small business. Howard attended Canterbury Boys High School and went on to the University of Sydney, where in 1961 he earned a law degree. He worked for a private law firm in Sydney for many years before entering politics. Howard is married and has three children. He is a great sports fan, cricket and rugby being among his favorites.