I like knitting, sewing and craft things generally. I like occasionally finding time to relax and I like a bit of gardening.

I’ve not really thought about what it means to be a woman, I guess I’ve just always been one.

I’m a woman in my eighties. I’ve lived in Canberra since 1966 with the exception of about sixteen months in Darwin. I care for my husband—he has physical and mental problems—and that takes up plenty of my time.

I emigrated—I’m a ten pound pom—in 1966 with my first husband who died in 1977 and I remarried. My first husband came out to the Naval Dockyard Police in Australia, having been in the Royal Navy. After six years in that, he joined Ansett and became a Flight Services Officer in Darwin, which is why we went there and that’s where he died. I came back to Canberra and I’ve been here ever since. It’s very much home, I have family here.

I can’t really identify anything hard about being a woman in Canberra. Looking around the world it’s a pretty good place to be a woman.

Fortunately, for my age, I have really good health and so I’d say it is easy to maintain my health and wellbeing in Canberra.

Weather wise my perfect day would be something like today, not too hot and not too cold. Probably doing the usual things around the house, the cooking, and as I say, looking after my husband. I join in a lot of church activities.


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