Dulcie ‘a gift’ to the Burnie-Wynyard Parish and beyond

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Dulcie ‘a gift’ to the Burnie-Wynyard Parish and beyond

Dulcie Carey has knitted 1,100 beanies that brighten and warm the heads of seafarers and their children around the world.

The beanies are distributed via the Mission to Seafarers at Burnie.

Mrs Carey has also knitted more than 1,000 booties and also makes intricate flower arrangements in the tops of plastic milk containers, many of which have been sold in aid of a cancer charity.

She also makes bead necklaces for friends.

A member of the Burnie-Wynyard Parish, Mrs Carey helped to look after St Anne’s Church at Montello in Burnie for 40 years until it closed in the 1990s.

She then went on to help out at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Burnie.

Although Mrs Carey is now 88 and living in an aged care facility in Burnie, she still likes to keep busy.

As well as hand crafts, Mrs Carey enjoys reading, gardening, yodelling, watching sport (she follows Richmond in the AFL and enjoyed Ricky Ponting’s skills on the cricket field) and English comedies on TV.

The ninth of 14 children, Mrs Carey was born to Jesse and Amy Butler and grew up on a farm at East Ridgley near Burnie.

The yodelling began when she and her siblings would sing to the cows during milking time.

When the boys went away to war, the girls filled the gaps, harnessing the horse, pulling up the maize, feeding the farm animals and milking, as well as attending school which was nearly a 5km walk away.

Mrs Carey’s memory is impressive and she can reel off the names of her siblings: Kathleen, Edna Mary (known as ‘Molly’), George, Ray, Lewis, Eileen, Vera, Frank, Floris, Gwen, Terry, Peter and Pat. (She has a surviving sister, Gwen, at Wynyard and a brother, Pat, at Ulverstone).

Reflecting on her busy life as a girl growing up, Mrs Carey said she still has hardly a “spare minute to turn around.”

“When you are brought up on a farm you are self-reliant,” she said.

“I prefer to do my own work - clean my windows, scrub my balcony, vacuum my floors.

“God has been good to me,
“My back goes on me every now and then, but overall my health has been really good.”

Mrs Carey married Harold ‘Curley’ Carey in 1948 and has been widowed for 26 years.

She has four children, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Friend and fellow member of the Burnie-Wynyard Parish, Margaret Benson, said it was amazing to think of all the people in all corners of the world getting pleasure from Mrs Carey’s hand crafts, particularly the beanies.

“All of these are gifted by Dulcie with prayerful thoughts to those who receive them,” Mrs Benson said.

And for Mrs Carey keeping busy is an important part of her life.

“I have had a pretty good life,” she said.

“I have always been busy, I can’t sit and do nothing.”