ABC Stateline Canberra: "The Dames of Dumaresq Street"

Dames of Dumaresq Street - Joan Kellett - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

On Friday 24th July 2009, ABC Stateline ACT showed a special edition covering the story of four friends and neighbours who moved to Canberra in the early Sixties,when Dickson was so remote it was described as North Yass.

  • Videos of the story can be viewed here*:
    • Joan Kellett’s story
      Joan Kellett and her husband missed the sea when they moved to Canberra. Joan remembers the building of Dickson pool and her early involvement with swim programs – nearly 50 years later, she is still involved.
    • Maureen Rogers’ story
      Maureen Rogers moved to Dumaresq St when her husband was posted to Canberra by the Defence Department. She had four children, went back to studies and developed a career as a freelance writer. Her piano playing is the soundtrack to the program.
    • Iris Sloane’s story
      Iris Sloane came to Dickson when her husband was posted to work here in the brand new area of computers. She had 6 children, a job on Canberra’s early tourist boats – and was a key member of the school community.
    • Betty Hill’s story
      Betty Hill moved to Dumaresq Street as a young bride with a new baby. Her husband was posted here with the Department of Trade. She had three more children, paints, gardens and still tends the roots of her family.

* The ABC Stateline video archive is not permanent and it is anticipated that the video will no longer be available for viewing on the ABC Stateline website after 25 October 2009.

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