Gloria MacKillop arrived 46 years ago to Berneray, the ‘island of bachelors’, to be a relief district nurse. Her plan to stay for three months and then go back to Australia fell apart when she met ‘Splash’, her husband to be. In this lively account Gloria tells us how she found unexpected family members in Scotland. She speaks about her first years on the island, how she learned to cope with boats, with crofting life, how life was before the causeway connected the island to North Uist, how Berneray became ‘home’ (even without ‘cotton bushes’ to hide).
Her love for sheep helped her over the loss of her late husband. Here we see her on an early April day sorrounded by ewes and lambs.
It is a pleasure to witness Gloria’s lively energy, to listen to her refreshing laughter, to her interesting life story. Who would believe she has lived such a long life!
To listen to the interview click below. The quality of the recording could be better! This is my mistake.