Humans of the Wheatbelt

Humans of the Wheatbelt is a disability project that celebrates inclusion within the community.

There is always someone in each story that has a disability whether it is the human, interviewer, photographer or writer.

Mary Cameron – Part 1 of 3

My original family stock is from Manjimup and I have been associated with country towns and country properties all my life.

When I was a child, prior to going to school we went over East, eventually settling on a farm at Pakenham in Victoria. I completed my primary schooling and Form 1 – now Year 7 – at Pakeham Consolidated School. However I had done extremely well and my mother was advised to move me from this Junior High School, which focused on rural, domestic science and trade subjects, to one that offered a broader curriculum.

So I transferred to Dandenong High School which had over 1000 students – a very big school in those days. It was probably the Perth Modern of the day, with a very cosmopolitan student mix and provided a wide range of subjects. It also had a strong cultural curriculum of music and drama.

We had some wonderful school teachers; many going on to become politicians or leaders in the Union movement.
Barry Jones was one of my subject teachers, he was a colourful and charismatic teacher and did a lot for kids who were struggling.

I come from a long line of Doctors and Nurses – two of my cousins were originally General Practitioners and were founders of the St Andrews Medical Centre in Midland.

I believe I had a wonderful training and was present to witness the first kidney transplant done in Victoria. There was some serious surgery at my training hospital and we had a very good spinal unit.

Incidentally Barry gave me a written reference at the completion of my schooling.

My family came back to Western Australia early in my student nurse training, but I remained to complete my 3 year hospital based training and qualified as a Registered Nurse.

Gingin District Community Resource Centre Kalgoorlie, Western Australia East Fremantle Donnybrook-Bridgetown-Manjimup Mail

Human – Mary Cameron
Interviewer & photographer - Anna Cornish
Writer – Guy Salvidge

Humans of the Wheatbelt is supported by the State Government through the Wheatbelt Development Commission and managed by Wheatbelt Health Network

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