International Women’s Day Celebratory Breakfast

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  • Location: The Yacht Club, 33-45 Parkyn Pde, Mooloolaba 4557 Queensland

Mary-Rose is launching a memoir in May – For a Girl.  At this time, in 2016, Mary-Rose spoke to GWQ SC and friends at a lunch, concerning her writing and latest novel Swimming Home.  

Now, in 2017, she has honoured us by now using this breakfast function as one of the events in her book launch schedule.  Her friend from USC, Karyn Brinkley, will engage Mary-Rose in conversation, and this promises to be a very entertaining function.  For a Girl  is a true story from Mary-Rose MacColl's young life. 

Synopsis:  Memories and secrets buried for over twenty years surfaced after Mary-Rose MacColl gave birth to a much longed-for baby.

I am by nature a private person. Secrets are different from privacy. They are things you are forced to keep to yourself, by family, friends, by your own shame. Secrets like these come to the surface one day and demand an airing.

Emerging from an unconventional, boisterously happy childhood, Mary-Rose MacColl was a rebellious teenager. And when, at the age of fifteen, her high-school teacher and her husband started inviting Mary-Rose to spend time with them, her parents were pleased that she now had the guidance she needed to take her safely into young adulthood.

It wasn't too long, though, before the teacher and her husband changed the nature of the relationship with overwhelming consequences for Mary-Rose. Consequences that kept her silent and ashamed through much of her adult life. Many years later, safe within a loving relationship, all of the long-hidden secrets and betrayals crashed down upon her and she came close to losing everything.


  • Times:  7.45 am for 8.15 am 
  • Costs:  $28 hot buffet breakfast.  
  • Easy parking – no stairs to enter. 
  • Raffles including Coles/Myer gift voucher and wine.  
  • Dietary requirements catered for – just email when booking.
  • Seating plan – please ask for specific seating, if required.  
  • Bookings and pre-payment are essential.

RSVP by Monday May 1 to:
Yvonne Koster (treasurer) | Phone: 5453 4793 
Sylvia Hovey (Acting President) | Phone: 0409 844 099


International Women’s Day Celebratory Breakfast
7:45am for 8:14am start
Saturday May 6 2017
The Yacht Club, 33-45 Parkyn Pde, Mooloolaba

The Graduate Women Queensland (GWQ –Sunshine Coast branch) :
PO Box 1350, Buderim
0427 947 668
The Graduate Women Queensland (GWQ –Sunshine Coast branch)

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The Yacht Club, 33-45 Parkyn Pde, Mooloolaba

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