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I was born in Mt Gambier and spent most of my childhood in Broken Hill and Christies Beach. My schooling was at Burke Ward Primary (Broken Hill) and Willunga High. In 1968 I commenced nursing training at McLaren Vale Hospital and completed it at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1971. In 1972, I married Peter and moved to Loxton. I worked as a district nurse until our first son Ben was born in 1973. In May 1975 we moved to the Gawler area when Peter commenced as Lecturer in Viticulture at Roseworthy Agricultural College. For the first few months we lived on campus during which time our second son Matt was born. In August 1975 we purchased a new house on Adelaide Rd Evanston East and lived there until 1983. Our third son Nick was born in 1978. We lived in a rented house in King St Gawler for 6 months in 1983 while our new house was being built at 5 Mary St Gawler East.
Our sons attended Gawler East Primary School and Faith Lutheran College. I was involved with various committees at both schools, particularly fundraising, and volunteered on the canteen etc. I was a founder member of Gawler Zonta, was involved in many Apex fundraisers and played hockey for Gawler women’s team.
I recommenced work in 1980, starting with one late shift per week on Sundays at Martindale. I gradually increased to 3 days per week by 1986 at Trevu and then at the “Hutch”. In 1987, I decided to return to study for the whole year and completed the operating theatre nursing course at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. From 1988 I worked solely in theatre at the Central Districts Private Hospital at Salisbury and was promoted to Nurse Manager Theatre. When we relocated to Belair in 1995, I commenced a new career as a Sales Representative for N. Stenning and Co. (suppliers of medical equipment such as endoscopes) and by 1998 I was Manager of SA, NT and WA for this company and subsequently for Karl Storz. I retired from this position in 2009 and have continued to work one day per week in a consultative capacity.
We look back on our time in Gawler with great fondness and keep in touch with both current and former Gawler residents.