Carol Campbell is the adult education co-ordinator at the Port Fairy Community House. Carol moved to the south-west from Gippsland 18 months ago and she enjoys researching and teaching family history, reading, walking the dog, and online learning. Carol is organising this month’s Port Fairy Women’s Weekend.
Describe Port Fairy in five words? Historic, vibrant, diverse, interesting, and community focused.
If you could live anywhere where would you choose? I love where I am at the moment and home is where you make it.
What is your favourite holiday destination? Tasmania because of its natural beauty.
What are you reading at the moment? I just finished reading Line of Fire by Ian Townsend about the execution of an 11-year-old Australian boy in Rabaul during the Second World War.
What career did you want to pursue when you were a teenager? I desperately wanted to work with animals and had my sights set on being a veterinary surgeon.
What is something people might not know about you? Since I moved to the area fairly recently there are a lot of things people wouldn’t know about me. One is that I used to work with disadvantaged people and teach woodwork.
If you could choose to go back or forward 100 years what would you do and why? I would go back 100 years and seek out my ancestors so I could learn more about their lives and ask them why and how they came to be in Australia.
What recipe are you renowned for cooking? Golden syrup dumplings using a recipe that was handed down from my mother.
If you had all the time in the world to pursue and perfect any hobby what would it be? Drawing and painting.
When and where are you your most happiest? Anywhere with my partner who happens to also be my best friend.
What is the best piece of advice you've been given? My father told me: ‘There is always two sides to a story.’ He was right, except most times we only hear one.
Do you have a motto you live by? Be kind to yourself.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Retired, enjoying life in an alternative style of house, close to the beach with plenty of natural bush and wildlife nearby.