Maureen Smith

The only child of devoted parents Maureen enjoyed an idyllic childhood. For a career she chose nursing and for the next 30 years enjoyed its many aspects both in hospitals and the community as well as audiometry, health promotion, lifestyle education and Aboriginal health. One of Maureen's most enjoyable projects was creating and presenting, along with her colleague Joan McCarthy, a health program for children using puppets; they called themselves the MarjoPuppets. Thirty years later they recommenced their creative partnership, wrote their first book together and are now Marjobooks.

Maureen's first marriage produced two children and eventually four grandchildren; her second marriage introduced her to a new life and adventures in the Northern Territory where she learnt to be resilient and resourceful. She also acquired six stepchildren and several step-grandchildren.

Travelling is now a pleasant pastime, especially on water, anything from a kayak to a cruise ship will do.

Over the past seven decades Maureen has learnt a great deal and to appreciate the diversity life offers.

She pursues the peace of silent meditation but also delights in the cacophony created by her grandchildren. She seeks solitude as well as the company of family and friends. She is compassionate and caring but rages at injustice and animal cruelty. She is a realist but allows her imagination to run wild. She thrives on exploring new places and taking risks but also indulges in the comfort and security of being at home. Nature is her deity but other faiths are an inspiration. She endeavors to live a healthy lifestyle however chocolate is her favourite treat and coffee her drink of choice. She sleeps late but is exhilarated by the sunrise. She is terrified of technology however, spends many hours at her computer, writing. She can be a genteel older woman but she is foremost, feisty fearless and free.

Maureen Michelle Smith Maureen Michelle Smith
At Peace and Play with Nature



Joan McCarthy

A glimpse into Joan's life reveals that she grew up in Guildford in the western suburbs of Sydney and then married a local boy. She settled down to what she thought would be a lifetime of rearing her family. What followed proved to be that and a whole lot more.

She had eight pregnancies in ten years resulting in five children, one dying soon after birth, and three miscarriages. By then she figured that according to her original picture, she should be old and yet at 28 she still felt vibrant and young - woops! Something was askew. She questioned the Catholic Church by researching the Papal Encyclicals on childbirth and discovered that during the previous fifty years, the Church had moved, albeit in 'dolly steps', relentlessly towards a more liberal position yet was still a long way from condoning the pill. She decided that she could not wait for the next fifty years and grasping her fate firmly in her own hands, she took the pill anyway. Her life is now enriched by her four children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren

She is currently continuing her study and research on sexuality with the Professor of Education at Newcastle University in his weekly PhD co-learning group.

She works casually as a 24/7 live-in personal carer in Sydney, writes Haiku poetry and exhibits them in her hand made books, in 2014 she ran radio programs on sexuality in New Zealand.

Joan Morgan McCarthy is an inspirational speaker on topics such as 'What is Sexuality?', 'Myths of Maturity', 'Haiku in Hand Made Books'.

To describe her, people use words such as: honest, straight forward, you know where you stand with her, ebullient, feisty, vibrant, intelligent, fun loving, catalyst, caring, compassionate, creative, spiritual and of course sexy.

Joan at 17 Joan today

Fifty years later and still "doing it!" Swimming that is.