The Big Issue : Edition 570
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 7–20 SEP 2018 23 “I was born in Australia, as were my own mother and grandmother. My grandmother died at 108. She was born in Sydney. My own mother died two years ago at 106. They were quite amazing people. My family here in Australia goes very far back, but we can’t seem to trace all the way to when they first came to Australia because it’s a long, long time ago! I knew my grandmother and used to see her a lot until she passed away. We were close but not super close. You see, my mum and her sister were from my grandmother’s first marriage, so they probably weren’t as close as the second husband’s three children. I worked as a stenographer before becoming a secretary at the Junior Red Cross. Then I had my first daughter, Debbie, then Janette and then my son Darren. So I had three children very young, and had to stop working. After many years I became a tai chi instructor and had my own tai chi school. I did it for 15 years. I taught all over the western suburbs and had instructors working under me. I’ve got 10 grandchildren – the youngest just turned six and the eldest is 25. The littlies live in Queensland but we see the older grandchildren quite a bit because they live close. The others not quite as much because they get so involved in their own world!” “WÀIPÓ” Diana Poon PHOTOSCOURTESYOFTHEMMVGRANDMOTHERSPROJECT,ANDTHELOVE&LEGACYEXHIBITION.