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Marilyn Rix

in conversation with Ruth Cupper
I don’t know what I would have done in my life without sport

It should have come as no surprise that the perky, adventurous four-year-old would climb the Southern Cross windmill that stood beside her home. Having both maternal and paternal relatives with a keen sense of adventure, determination, and resilience, it wasn’t unexpected that Marilyn Tulloch would inherit these traits. After all she possessed genes from ancestors who were brave enough to cross an ocean to the ‘unknown’ leaving family, friends, and life as they knew it. Marilyn’s paternal grandparents, John and Anne Tulloch, emigrated from the small island of ‘Eday’ in the Scottish Orkney Group in 1851. Only half a century earlier, it was deemed a punishment to be sent to Australia, but they were choosing to sever ties with home and begin a new life. It must have suited them as they settled into the community and raised their family. They settled in Heyfield in Gippsland working a farm and a bakery.

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