Harriet Wran, the once drug-addicted daughter of ex-premier Neville Wran, has turned her troubled life around.
Harriet Wran, the once drug-addicted daughter of ex-premier Neville Wran, has turned her troubled life around.

Once drug-addict daughter of ex-premier turns life around

Harriet Wran, the daughter of former Premier Neville Wran has begun quietly rebuilding her life working for Sydney real estate agent John McGrath after a well publicised stint in jail and public battle with the drug ice.

For the past six weeks the 31-year-old has been employed as a receptionist in the Pyrmont head office of the company.

"Harriet has been a delight to have in our work environment," McGrath Estate Agents Chief Executive Officer Geoff Lucas told The Daily Telegraph.

Harriet Wran is now working as a receptionist at McGrath real estate’s Pyrmont office Picture John Grainger
Harriet Wran is now working as a receptionist at McGrath real estate’s Pyrmont office Picture John Grainger

"She is a very talented person who is extremely professional in her outlook and interacts terrifically with everyone," he said yesterday.

Ms Wran spent two years in jail after pleading guilty to being an accessory to the murder of drug dealer Daniel McNulty at a Redfern in 2014 and was released in 2016.

The court heard how she was living on the streets as an ice addict before the murder committed by her then boyfriend.

Earlier this year she relapsed and was arrested in a vehicle on the Central Coast when police found her in possession of drug paraphernalia, a small amount of ice and stolen credit cards. She was given a 12 month community corrections order and fined $550 after pleading guilty.

Mr Lucas said a mutual acquaintance of the family from the Southern Highlands inquired about the possibility of her getting work with his company.

Wran pictured leaving King Street Court in Sydney after being sentenced in August, 2016. Picture: Richard Dobson
Wran pictured leaving King Street Court in Sydney after being sentenced in August, 2016. Picture: Richard Dobson

"I had an opportunity to meet with her and was immediately impressed with Harriets commitment to wanting to find a career path and work," he said.

"That attitude and commitment has been so evident in her work since arriving here," he said.

Mr Lucas said Harriet had wanted to keep a low profile and he was happy to be able to help her re-enter the workforce.

During her court proceedings this year she presented a letter to the magistrate telling of her battle with drug addiction and its effect on her and her family.

Wran leaving Silverwater Jail supported by her mother Jill in September 2016. Picture: John Grainger
Wran leaving Silverwater Jail supported by her mother Jill in September 2016. Picture: John Grainger

"Prior to my arrest I had been relapsing on ice in Melbourne for around three months. I was hopelessly sucked in daily addiction, continuously using to stamp out the pain and mortification of having picked up that awful drug after remaining clean for so long," it read.

"However, out of such an unfortunate turn of events due to my relapse I have developed a fresh appreciation for the gift of recovery."

McGrath CEO Geoff Lucas said Wran “is a very talented person who is extremely professional”. Picture: John Grainger
McGrath CEO Geoff Lucas said Wran “is a very talented person who is extremely professional”. Picture: John Grainger

"Mum was horrified and devastated, barely able to look at me," the letter read.

"I was frail angry and unpredictable, it was not fair on her, none of this is fair on her. She suffers as a result of my failure.

"I am determined to make things right for her and for me and for everyone who has felt the pain of my addiction. I apologise to law enforcement for this mess."