The focus of this story by Wendy Takos, is of Port Adelaide, Hospitals and Nurses and the challenges women faced from whence they were not allowed to venture into other activities apart from taking care of her family. However, during the 1800s, women’s movements became so effective that women began to challenge the social, traditional, economical as well as political intellectuals that had hindered them for a long time. And Nursing is a fine example of how women’s nurturing and caring roles were further enhanced through higher education, strong work ethics, and abilities to maintain a professional outcome.
Wendy Takos has been an avid reader all her life. Over the years her creative writing and poems have filled many hours. Her writings are one of “telling a story” to the reader.
Wendy was born in Tailem Bend but her teenage years and into retirement have been spent living and working in the Port Adelaide area. She attended Woodville High School.
In 1971 she joined Sola Optical Lens Makers at their Lonsdale Plant. Working from the ground up to be their Buyer and Planner of Production, working fulltime whilst raising their family of four boys
Retirement years bought about more time for Wendy’s enthusiasm to spend researching her family history. She went on to join the Port Adelaide Historical Society and also the Port Adelaide and Enfield Council as a Volunteer Tour Guide.
As her knowledge of the Port and Semaphore grew, she was bestowed with the title of Historian of the Historical Society and in 2017 was recognised with their award (The MAVIS HOEY AWARD) for her continuing contributions.
Her claims to fame are her four sons and the Port Adelaide Football club.
This is Wendy’s first attempt at sharing her love of history with you the reader. It tells of the tough times not only of the women in their nurturing ways but indeed families endured in coming to a young country with the expectations of success.