Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Remarkable Woman Was a High Achiever

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Remarkable Woman Was a High Achiever

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JULIE Anne Wylie was born in Brisbane on June 21, 1954, as the first child of Peggy and Alan Wylie. Her younger siblings are Peter, Leanne and Fiona.

She attended primary school in country Munduberra, the Brisbane suburb of Wynnum and Nerang before completing high school at St Hilda's School, Southport.

Julie enjoyed many and varied interests throughout her childhood. She was an accomplished horse rider who won blue ribbons in Dressage Fours at the Brisbane Ekka, a gifted pianist and a school prefect in year 12.

Whilst she excelled in her high school studies, Julie also began her lifelong hobby of friend collecting. Many of her friends became family friends and remain so to this day.

On finishing school in 1971 Julie received a Commonwealth scholarship to attend The University of Queensland. There she completed an arts degree majoring in English literature before heading to Sydney to pursue a law degree at the University of New South Wales.

To her younger siblings Julie's life was full and exotic. Flatting in Sydney, studying law and working as a barmaid, she also developed a passion for food and introduced her family to all sorts of multicultural goodies discovered in her inner suburban haunts.

When Alan Wylie died in 1978 Julie headed home to be with the family in Brisbane, where she completed her law studies and secured a job with the Attorney General's Department as a fully qualified barrister.

In 1985 Julie's lawyer buddy and housemate John Hutton introduced her to his friend from Dalby, Dr Graham Michael. Julie and Graham got along very well and were soon celebrating their marriage with family and friends on John Hutton's back deck.

In 1986, Julie moved to Dalby as the local doctor's wife and later that year she and Graham celebrated the birth of Douglas. Grace arrived in late 1987, and Lachlan followed in 1989 after the family moved to Crow's Nest.

Julie's children were her proudest achievement and she approached motherhood like everything else a she became the consummate homemaker and country mum, whipping up batches of scones and taking on the local issues with similar ease and zest. …

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