Buderim local, President of The Buderim Historical Society and Pioneer Cottage volunteer Prue Cawley has led a very interesting and fulfilling life and says she feels “very privileged to have retired to such a perfect area”.
Originally from Lismore and having left school at fifteen, Prue’s caring nature led her to take up a position as a Governess in Morven, Western Queensland. Following this she studied nursing at Lismore Base Hospital which led on to Midwifery training at Broken Hill. During the mid sixties, Prue ventured overseas to London, landing a plum role as Nanny in charge of the offspring of Prince Andre of Yugoslavia.
On return to Australia, Prue’s nursing career continued to flourish through employment as Deputy Matron at Ballina Hospital, a position at Canberra Hospital and on to Armidale Hospital where she remained for twenty five years, many of which were spent in charge of the children’s ward and as diabetes educator.
In 2002, Prue retired to Waverley Retirement Village in Buderim and offered her services as a volunteer for Buderim War Memorial Community Association and the Buderim Historical Society.
Last year, Prue struck lucky for Buderim when Take 5 magazine awarded her $5,000 for her winning entry in the publication’s ‘My Town’ competition. This enabled Prue to organise a hugely successful Family Fun Day at Pioneer Cottage in Buderim which served as an important part of the town’s ‘Back to Buderim Weekend’ celebrations, marking 150 years of community spirit.
Prue delights in her role as a volunteer at The Pioneer Cottage in Ballinger Crescent, Buderim. This extraordinary and original house and museum is a living piece of local history where visitors are able to see rooms furnished in period décor, alongside displays of Buderim memorabilia.
As President of the Buderim Historical Society, the body which holds responsibility for care of the cottage, Prue is very grateful to the many volunteers who give so generously of their time and effort to keep the doors open to welcome visitors Monday to Saturday from 11am until 3pm.
Prue is always on the lookout for anyone wishing to assist as a volunteer at The Pioneer Cottage where a range of skills are sought such as visitor guiding, artifact conservation, gardening and fundraising. Currently, a volunteer with website maintenance and development skills is sought.
Anyone interested in volunteering or becoming a member to support The Pioneer Cottage can call at the cottage or contact Prue Cawley on 5445 1341. Annual subscriptions are available at the cost of $10 single, $15 couple or $75 for a life membership.