I recently photographed two ex-Elizabethans with very similar back stories.
As young teenagers, both Angela Bannon and Cath Kerry travelled to Elizabeth from England as Ten-Pound Poms, attended Elizabeth High School and studied and worked as teachers before moving on to other careers.
Angela, a practising artist, lived in Elizabeth during her formative years, which she believes “is when you become the person”. She says she felt a real sense of community there, which led to her involvement in local government and various community groups, and an important contribution as partner of the late Premier, John Bannon.
With an inherited love of food, it is no surprise Cath left teaching to pursue a very successful career as a chef and restaurateur. She speaks about her and her family’s time in Elizabeth with a great deal of passion and positivity, saying “for us, it was the land of opportunity”.
In later years, Angela and Cath would encounter the stigma so often attached to coming from Elizabeth. As is often the case, this centred around the question, “what school did you go to?” Both found the reactions to their answers very amusing.
Some big news
Fortuitous to spend time with two people with fascinating migrant stories, as it’s just been confirmed that I’ll exhibit photos from the Elizabeth Project at the Migration Museum in Adelaide during the SA Living Artists festival, SALA, in August 2019 (registration yet to be completed and accepted). A book of the project is under way and the plan is to launch it there. Watch this space!
Holdens no more
It was sad to see that all the Holden signage has been removed at the Elizabeth factory. This is a stark visual representation of the major changes under way in Elizabeth. Hopefully the Lionsgate Business Park, the new occupant of the site, will prove a success.