Julie Mackay

Julie Mackay’s parents met during the war and married in 1949. Julie’s father was in the army and in those hard post-war times the family lived with the extended family in a house in Fremantle. Even though Julie’s father was a welder and boilermaker, when he left the army in the early 1950s work was very difficult to find. So in 1953 when a job came up in Wittenoom, it was an attractive proposition, doubly so because it meant the family would have a house to themselves. But life in Wittenoom was quite hard for the young family

 

  • Life in the town
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    Julie Mackay’s parents met during the war years and married 1949. Julie’s father was in the army and in those hard post-war times the family lived with the extended family in a house in Fremantle. Even though Julie’s father was a welder and boilermaker, when he left the army in the early 1950s it was very hard to find work. So in 1953 when a job came up in Wittenoom it was an attractive proposition, doubly so because it meant the family would have a house to themselves. But life in Wittenoom was quite hard for the young family.
  • Playing with Asbestos
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    Julie Mackay recalls how as a child in the 60s she and her brothers played with asbestos rocks in the backyard of their Fremantle house.
  • Mother's illness
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    In 1992 Julie’s mother became sick. She was diagnosed with mesothelioma and one year later the disease claimed her life. The family had to cope not just with the stress of the illness but with the costs incurred by the treatment.
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