Dorothy De Rooy

Pittwater, 2019

I didn’t have that dainty type of style. I liked to get on waves and do what I could with them.

Dorothy De Rooy was interviewed for Pittwater Online News in 2019 when she was 71. This version has been shortened and slightly edited.

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Where and when were you born?

A city called Breda, near the border between Belguim and Holland, in 1948. I was one of the many many Europeans who came to Australia after World War II. I was three when we came here in 1951. I’m lucky that my parents chose Australia—we could have gone to South Africa or Canada, but thankfully they chose here.

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