Kirsty Eagar was raised by her mum and grandmother under the big skies of Capricornia in Queensland. She grew up riding horses and mustering, went to a small country school where shoes were optional, and spent holidays at the beach with her dad. After attending state high school in Rockhampton, she left home at seventeen to study at the University of Queensland, spending four years in a residential college thanks to Austudy and a multitude of part-time jobs. She graduated with a Masters in Economics, making the Dean’s honour roll for academic achievement. Kirsty then worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia in Sydney, and the Bank of England in London, before deciding corporate life was not for her.