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I was born and brought up in Thirroul, under the shadow of the northern Illawarra escarpment. My parents have endured so much hardship from the great depression and WW11. Providing the basics for us children was difficult. In my early life I developed a love of art, but artistic pursuits were not seriously considered or appreciated in our working class family. In 1940 employed, as one of the only women in the plan drawing department at the BHP steelworks in Port Kembla. I gained invaluable skills and technical drawing accuracy. I got married and had 3 children. We all had a care-free upbringing where my children were surrounded by nature.