After meeting the love of her life, Mary left the teaching profession and started a life long involvement fishing in the Gippsland Lakes.
Mary was a pioneer and role model for what women could do, not should do when she stepped outside the home and onto a boat in the 1960’s.
Mary became known for her fishing prowess and knowledge of the lakes district fishery. Although now retired from actively fishing, Mary continues to sling mesh nets for her son and grandson.
Mary instilled a love of fishing into her children and grandchildren with two grand daughters becoming commercial fishers and a great grand daughter showing a keen interest in taking up the family legacy.