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Margaret Vigor nee Gibbs (1943-50)
I am always
surprised at how life produces turns and changes that had never been considered.
I had my life worked out. I left school to become a radiographer, as suggested
by Miss Stevenson, and I enjoyed the work but, marriage, 4 children and an
unwanted move to Australia changed my ideas of a settled life. Then my husband
left me and Australia did not accept my English radiographer qualifications, so
I worked at a variety of jobs while I raised the children.
Mr (Gough) Whitlam kindly funded mature age students to get further education so
made it possible for me to go to University and study as a Social Worker. Then I
was offered a job at a homeless men's shelter working with alcoholics, and I
loved it ! What a surprise – I had never before had any contact with anyone
drunk and I fall over after 2 glasses of sherry ! I also got involved in the
field of Loss and Grief and for many years at work and since I retired, I have
lectured and run workshops and counselled in both these areas.
25 years ago, I married an Australian and we have been retired now for 17 years,
living in a lovely small, country town. With so many voluntary activities, I am
busier now than I ever was.
So life is not the way I planned it but, with a wonderful husband, 4 children, 2
step children, 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, I couldn’t have
dreamed of anything better.