Shirley is one of our longest serving volunteers and is a familiar voice to many of our listeners who phone the station.
Shirley grew up in Port Melbourne where she spent all her school holidays at the beach. She went to school at "little" Albert Park Primary where they used to go on to "big" Albert Park Primary from grade 3. Shirley won a four year scholarship to go to J.H. Boyd Domestic College. After her school years Shirley worked part-time in the head office of G.J. Coles & Co. while doing a diploma course at Peacock Bros Comptometer school. After finishing the course she then worked full time at Coles.
Shirley and her husband Bob have been married for 52 years and have 3 children, 5 grand children and 1 great grand child. In 1959 Bob was transferred to Lae in New Guinea with his job with Vacuum Oil Co. (now Mobil Oil Co.) where they spent just over 2 years. While there, Shirley worked as a comptometriste for Burns Philp. Shirley served for 10 years at the Macleod Primary School Mothers Club, doing many jobs. After the children grew up, she went back to work and had jobs at Patrick Stevedoring, an insurance company and finally spent 10 years at the old Queen Victoria Hospital as an outpatients clerk. Many years were spent helping Bob who was one of the men who started Macleod Junior Football Club.
Shirley and Bob love to travel and have done a lot of trips over the years, including a big caravan trip around Australia and many other small ones and also some wonderful overseas holidays. Shirley really enjoys working on her computer, where she is endeavouring to put all their photos and slides onto DVDs. Shirley goes to computer club once a week which she also enjoys - "Can't say that I learn too much but we have a lot of fun!"
Shirley has had 9-10 very enjoyable and happy years working two afternoons a week on reception at 96.5 and has got to know a lot of the people she talks to each week on the phone. As most people know, Shirley loves the Essendon Football Club!