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Retalic, Lucy (1910 - )

Born
1910
Occupation
Teacher

Summary

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. Retalic 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 opthalmologists 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. Retalic was involved in the circles in the Lyceum Club and was leader of the Garden Circle. Retalic did a lot of overseas travel which she enjoyed. Retalic worked with opthalmologists to provide screening for people in outback Australia to identify eye disease. This was organised through the Lions Club

Sources used to compile this entry: http://www.catalog.slsa.sa.gov.au:1083/search/dRetalic%2C+Lucy%2C+1910-/dretalic+lucy+1910/-5,-1,0,B/frameset&FF=dretalic+lucy+1910&1,1, accessed 2004-04-20.

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State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Interview with Lucy Retalic [sound recording] Interviewer: Yvonne Abbott, 19 August 1990, SRG 438/29/38; Retalic, Lucy (1910 - ); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

Anne Heywood and Robin Secomb

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