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Dr Rae Luckie : Master of History

Batemans Bay resident Dr Rae Luckie and husband Barry travelled to Armidale where last Friday she was awarded a Master of History, specialising in local and family history. Rae established the Graduate Diploma of Education program at the University of Wollongong’s Batemans Bay campus which ran from 2009 until and the end of 2014. Still passionate about teaching, Rae has taught creative writing at venues throughout NSW. She and Barry caravanned each year to the Central West and Riverina where she facilitated creating writing classes in local libraries and writing centres.

Rae said the far south coast has a special place in her heart. In the late 1970s Barry was transferred to the Bega Police Station, and shortly after Rae was appointed secretary to the then town clerk of Bega Municipal Council, Paul White. Rae recalls the turbulent time during the amalgamation of Bega, Imlay and Mumbulla councils. ‘The buzzword was economies of scale’, Rae recalls.

Currently a voluntary tutor for Batemans Bay U3A, Rae will be teaching two creative writing programs in 2023 at Batemans Bay Library. The Wednesday afternoon group will be for those who have completed any of Rae’s writing workshops over the years. The Monday afternoon group will be for those who are interested in in kickstarting their creativity—from prose to poetry, from memoir to family history, from crime to historical fiction. Rae is a professional editor and is also a mentor for the Australian Society of Authors.

Pictured: Mr James Harris, Chancellor, University of New England, presenting Master of History to Dr Rae Luckie 9 December 2022

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