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Interview with Lucy Retalic [sound recording] Interviewer: Yvonne Abbott

Item Title
Interview with Lucy Retalic [sound recording] Interviewer: Yvonne Abbott
Adelaide Lyceum Club Oral History
State Library of South Australia
SRG 438/29/38
Date Range
19 August 1990
Retalic, Lucy (1910 - 2005)

1 hour

Lucy Retalic was born in 1910. Her mother was in the Red Cross and during WWI Lucy performed in concerts when she was 4 years old. She went to St Peter's Girls' School and joined Heather Gell's Eurythmic classes after school. Miss Gell staged shows at the Tivoli theatre. Lucy became a kindergarten teacher and her first appointment was at the Riverside school. She became Director of the Lavis Kindergarten in Adelaide and then left teaching to work with doctors in Melbourne. In 1937 she went to England to work with ophthalmologists for 15 months. She returned home via Europe and during World War II worked with the RAAF trainee pilots to pass their eye tests. She married in 1948. Lucy was involved in the circles in the Lyceum Club and was leader of the Garden Circle. Lucy did a lot of overseas travel which she enjoyed. Lucy worked with ophthalmologists to provide screening for people in outback Australia to identify eye disease. This was organised through the Lions Club

Sound recording (cassette) analogue
1 cassette tape
Access to use copies only with written permission from the donor. Contact the President, Lyceum Club. Original WITHDRAWN.
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Biographical outline (4 pages)

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  • Adelaide Lyceum Club : SUMMARY RECORD, 1922 - 2000, SRG 438; Lyceum Club (Adelaide) Incorporated (1922 - ); State Library of South Australia. Details

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