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Meet a Local :: Lois Ireland

The first in a series of stories about Flinders Island folk – some have lived here for a long time – others have just arrived! Meet Lois Ireland – if you’re walking past Bowmans General Store – make sure you pop in and say hi!

loisWhat brought you to the island or have you always lived here?
I was born here in Whitemark at the bush Nursing hospital, sited where the Doctors house is now. At the end of primary school I went to high school in Launceston and on to uni in Melbourne. After 10 years working as a speech pathologist and having two children on the north west coast we came “home” to Flinders 27 years ago, mainly as there was plenty of work for builders and Guy needed to work away from home to find work on the NW coast. Also my parents were looking to retire and Bowman’s shop needed a manager.

Which part of the Island do you love and what is its appeal?
Further around the back of Strzelecki where isolated beaches are great for swimming, snorkeling and kyaking. Appeal is there is no one there and it’s just spectacular.

Which pastimes/ hobbies keep you busy?
Singing with Sing Australia group, gardening, curating at the Museum, being the Trade Secretary on the Show Committee and VP of the Tourism association.

If you could paint a landscape of Flinders Island, where would you set up your easel?
By the lake as you enter Whitemark as that view of Strzelecki is the one I  think of when asked what is the iconic view on the island.


In the whole world, who inspires you?
Anyone who goes out of their way to improve their local community

What local food would you cook for a dinner party?

How do you spend your holidays on Flinders Island?
Next question! If I had a holiday on Flinders it would be at our shack at Palana- how lucky are we?

Last book, movie, TV series that you enjoyed?
Case Histories and Downton Abbey.

What would be a positive thing to happen for the islands future?
Small scale / high employment / low impact industries.

Favourite Quotation or saying?
Lots of things my aunts Ruth and Una used to say….
“It’s still news if you haven’t read it” –  when people don’t want to buy yesterdays paper or
“there are two types of bad payers – those that never pay and those that pay before they get the goods”though both of these have lost their meaning in this digital age!!

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  • Reply katherine virieux May 24, 2014 at 1:53 am

    I was born there and schooled in Tasmania but returned for school holidays. Lived there in 1995 after my Mum died and loved every minute of it. I have move to another island but it is 1/2 way around the world!The new comers have taken up the peace and the community challenge and it is becoming a high flyer! Once an Islander always an Islander!

    • Reply Lois Ireland May 26, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      These girls have certainly “got” Flinders Kathy, wonder what they’d make of us flying to high school on a Focker?
      We have a new Iris on the island- she just turned one. Loved your Mum, she brightened up a trip to the supermarket.

  • Reply martin ireland May 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    hi lois read about and heard about in Blenheim Marlborough new Zealand hi big brother as well

  • Reply Anne Maudsley May 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I too was born on Flinders Island as was my Dad. I have lived on/off the island most of my life. I love the island lifestyle and on a recent trip back was very pleased to see so many old familiar faces.

  • Reply Scott jones June 13, 2014 at 1:12 am

    I came to the island to build the new Hospital. Lois was one of the first people I met there and she was a great help and advisor to me while I was there! Thank you for being such a genuine lovely person that I was always happy to have a chat with! 🙂 can’t wait to catch up again soon! 🙂

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