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The wonderful Mary Owen

Mary and I met at twelve years ago at a Footscray writing workshop organised by her daughter Wendy. Mary was the oldest person in our group, but had the uninhibited enthusiasm of a school child - the sort that was bursting to share their work, but instead of raising their hand, couldn’t help but blurt out what they needed to say. When Arnold Zable asked us to write about an object of special significance to us, Mary wrote about a hand-cranked sewing machine she called ‘The wonderful Withers Werthiem.’

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