Judith Bensley

Judith met me on her four wheeler at the farm gate of her Nerriga road property, just ten kilometers out of historic Braidwood, the day I came to photograph her last year. At this time the area was in desperate need of rain, and still is, having endured a bitter winter with no feed for the stock on the sheep farm. Still, Judith presented to me as if nothing was too difficult to handle; a very capable lady who lives alone on the farm still, and is right now busy with lambing season. We are on the verge of drought here, but at the age of 87 Judith is no stranger to these tough conditions, having spent her life on the land. "Be kind to people" on her four wheeler at the farm gate of her Nerriga

Jean Morgan

Jean Morgan Born 1925 Manly Vale “Just believe in making the best of life”. I would spot the beautiful Jean Morgan on our regular holidays to Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. On one occasion, I passed Jean in a little laneway not far from Manly Beach, and just had to take a photo of her! Jean was so vibrant and had such a welcoming smile. I especially loved the purse she was carrying, a real 80’s style toiletry bag. Jean used to be a English teacher during her career. Of course, no surprise, talking with Jean you could really tell how bright and intelligent she was. Jean loved to people-watch. She would often come into Manly with her book, grab herself a coffee, and just watch the people

Nancy Locke

Nancy Locke Born 1930 Jerilderie, NSW I met the wonderful Nancy Locke in her old weatherboard home in Jerilderie. Originally born in Sydney, Nancy moved to the New South Wales town of Jerilderie when she was just 3 years old, and has lived there ever since. Nancy met her husband Norman Locke in 1946. Norman was a Barndardo boy, a term used to describe the poor misfortunate children who were taken off the streets and forced to work as child laborers on farms. Nancy and Norman were married in 1949 in a Catholic Church. It was about that year that the two moved out to a farm where they lived in tents. Nancy and her husband Norman also lived with about 5 others on 1500 acres of land. Luckily, No

Norma Reid

Norma Reid Born 1935 Grenfell, NSW. “Say your prayers at night”. When I was presented with the opportunity to meet Norma Reid, I was very excited. It was a great feeling to know that there was another wonderful elderly Australian I could photograph from the town of Grenfell. Norma is the sister of Tom Hazell, another gentleman I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing. Norma lived in a great spot, in a beautiful white house right on the edge of town. She was a real talkative lady, always smiling and had a nervous laugh. She wore blue eyeshadow and red lipstick and lived in the coolest retro furnished house I had ever visited. Norma’s secret to life is to keep busy and happy, “don’t smo

Edna

Edna Simpson Born 1924 Grenfell, NSW. “Now if you only had done more study, you’d have gone a lot further”. Originally born in Dubbo, I met Edna Simpson in Grenfell, New South Wales, where she has lived since she was 12 years old. As I entered Edna’s home, she kindly offered me a cup of tea. This was something I loved about this generation, how trusting they are in others. Edna lived in a tidy house filled with beautiful antique furniture. She really struck me as an honest and humble lady. It’s a nice thought that there are many others just like her. Edna’s biggest inspiration are her friends and family, who she couldn’t live without. Edna loved reading, watching television, and had a real p

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