Art of Ageing: Meet fanatic fan Marjorie
MARJORIE is an everyday senior who represents the wonderful diversity of NSW's older residents.
Her story reflects an Australia unique to its older generation - a contrast of values, emotions and personality in an ever-changing landscape.
Their stories can also be glimpsed in a 30-image exhibition that will be touring NSW throughout 2018 and 2019.
The story of fanatic fan Marjorie
Born in Nyngan in 1925, Marjorie moved to Sydney in search of work during the war. She found work in a textile factory that produced towels, which were sent overseas to the Australian soldiers.
It was while living in Parramatta that Marjorie became a die-hard Parramatta Eels fan. She started following the Eels when they were founded in 1947. The club marked its seventieth anniversary in 2017, so it called for a little celebration.
"I used to go to the games as much as I could," she says. "My favourite players were Ken Thornett and Mick Cronin during the 1980s. I remember going to one game with my sister and it was the only time Cronin was sent off the field."
Returning to Nyngan at 34 years of age, Marjorie married and started a family, and has lived there ever since.
She continues to follow the football and hopes to see another premiership for the Eels in the near future.