Doreen Lyons

Victor and Doreen Lyons lived in Wittenoom from 1947 to 1951. As some of the first people to move to Wittenoom, they lived in the mine settlement in Wittenoom Gorge near the mine in what seemed to be an idyllic setting. Doreen’s husband subsequently died of mesothelioma. Here Doreen describes life in the early days of Wittenoom

  • Life in Wittenoom
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    Victor and Doreen Lyons lived in Wittenoom from 1947 to 1951. As some of the first people to move to Wittenoom, they lived in the village near the mine in what was an idyllic setting. Here Doreen describes life in the early days of Wittenoom.
  • Early warning signs
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    As the years went on Doreen couldn’t understand why Victor kept getting ill. They never suspected these were the early warning signs of the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma.
  • A cover up
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    According to Doreen Lyons the dangers from asbestos were known at the time but this knowledge was not communicated to the residents. Doreen realised subsequently that a local doctor, Eric Saint, had tried to encourage them to leave, but in terms so vague they had no idea of the everyday dangers they faced from just living and working in the town.
  • Winning the compensation fight
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    Description:
    Victor Lyons who worked in Wittenoom from 1947 to 1951 eventually developed mesothelioma and as he became sicker with the disease, the battle for compensation began. It was an arduous process, involving some bureaucratic bungling, but in the end Victor won his case.
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