How long have you lived in Myrtleford?
I came down for a fortnight’s holiday with my mother around Christmas time 1953 and my husband was offered a good job so we ended up staying here. Where did you move from? Merbein which is a small town near Mildura, we left there with one son and now I have six sons and a daughter.
Have the kids all scattered around or stayed in Myrtleford?
I have one in Queensland, a couple at Corryong, one in Cudgewa, two around Myrtleford and one in Buffalo River. What was your job in Myrtleford?
Apart from being a mother and a housewife I worked for 17 years in the Marian College library, I wasn’t a librarian, only an assistant but it took a fair bit of time up.
What did you enjoy most about that?
I love books and I love reading, I used to love getting the kids into reading but now unfortunately a lot of them just look stuff up on the computers which for me is just
What are you reading at the moment?
The Fifth Horseman by James Patterson, it’s a nice easy read.
You must have seen a lot of kids go in and out Marian College?
It’s funny, because you know so many of the kids and you meet their parents, you come in here (Myrtleford Lodge) and so many people say they remember you even though you haven’t seen them in years.
Is that what you like most about living in a small community?
Yes absolutely everyone knows each other. One lady who sits next to me at the dining table (Cath Evans) has lived next door to me for 56 years. If somebody is not well you always know to look after them which is very good. What do you like about living
Mainly the security of it and the fact that the staff here are so lovely and nice. The fact that I can just go to bed and know I’m safe is great.
What is a significant issue Myrtleford faces?
Jobs for young people and transport.
What is a significant world issue?
The droughts, you see those poor people in Africa and on television last night I saw something like 99 per cent of New South Wales is in drought. And that of course brings on the issue of war, it’s a very violent world now. When I was young I used to go to boarding school and wander around by myself but I wouldn’t do that now. Poverty leads to violence and violence leads to war. What is your ideal holiday? I would love to go somewhere, not particularly touristy but where I can see the open sea.