100 year old Marion resident
Read 100 year old Marion resident Enid Wigglesworth's memories of the area.
Enid Wigglesworth can remember when Marion was a village, a biplane landed in Warradale and listening to the radio was a new and exciting experience.
The oldest and only remaining child of seven, Enid was born in Broken Hill on 19 January, 1916 and celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends at the Southern Cross Care home in Warradale.
Mayor Kris Hanna visited Enid to congratulate her on reaching the milestone.
Enid moved to the Marion Council area at aged seven, living on Diagonal Rd and then Morphett Rd, eventually moving to the care facility in July last year.
“I’ve seen Marion turn from a country village into a busy city,” Enid said.
“I remember one of the Hamilton boys… from Hamilton wines… landing his Tiger Moth where Keynes Avenue in Warradale is now… back then it was a grass paddock.
“The whole area was market gardens, orchards, almonds and farmland.”
Enid worked in a women’s clothing factory during World War Two and married her husband Frank, who was a market gardener, in 1945.
Enid enjoyed knitting, gardening and travel and toured Australia and visited Asia with Frank and Europe with her daughter Maxine.
Frank died in 2000.
Enid said changes in technology and the local area have been remarkable.
“I remember when radios were new and exciting - now everyone watches television,” Enid said.
“My sister and I used to walk to Glenelg Primary School from our house, which is still there near the Warradale Hotel.
“We had lots of little backtracks and secret ways of getting around.”
Enid has three children, five grandchildren and six grandchildren.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 51 - April 2016.
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