AS NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK WRAPPED FOR 2023, WE SPOKE TO OUR VICE-PRESIDENT, MARILYN, ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEERING.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VOLUNTEER WITH THE QHM?
About four years.
DO YOU HAVE FAVOURITE ITEM IN THE COLLECTION?
Yes. A newly acquired item – a stylised cat card-display stand that was prominent in the Queenscliff Hotel when it was operated by Patricia and Mietta O’Donnell in the 1970s/1980s.
IS THERE AN ITEM IN THE MUSEUM WHICH MEANS SOMETHING TO YOU?
The story of Henrietta Dugdale, born in 1827. You can read it in the museum on a display panel or buy the book. She pioneered the way for women’s rights.
HAVE YOU A FAVOURITE BUILDING OR LOCATION IN QUEENSCLIFFE?
Queenscliff Hotel. So pleased it has been saved by new owners who will restore it as a hotel, dining room and add a spa.
ARE THERE ANY MOMENTS OR EVENT IN QUEENSCLIFFE HISTORY WHICH YOU WERE PART OF?
In the 1980s, I stayed and dined at Mietta’s, known as the Queenscliffe Hotel. Mietta was a wonderful and elegant host who oversaw everything in the grand dining room.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR/WITH THE MUSEUM?
I oversee media, the internet and social media with Bree. I’m also Vice-President.
How did you learn about volunteering with the QHM?
From the Volunteering Geelong website.
Photo taken at the Rijksmuseum; Marilyn’s second favourite museum.