Vale Marjorie Hatten
We would like to recognise the life of one of our lifetime members, Marjorie Hatten, who passed away in July 2020.
Marjorie became a member of the Alliance Française de Melbourne in 1956 and actively participated in the Maison de France - a group created to raise funds (through breakfasts and lunches) for the purchase of a property in Armadale for AFM. She attended the Maison de France’s conversation mornings for many years and was in charge of organising their morning teas and Christmas lunches.
Marjorie was also an animatrice of a conversation group at the Alliance Française de Melbourne for approximately nine years until
Merci beaucoup to her daughter, Marian, for providing the below information on Marjorie's life.
Marjorie was born in England in March 1922 and when she was five her father was transferred to work in Paris.
The following excerpts taken from her own notes:
Here I started school. The problem was, everyone spoke French and I could only speak English... A few months later I recall translating
for my mother, and my sister and I even quarelled in French.
After I completed junior school in 1934, I was sent to boarding school in England and could not write English, only speak it. But
I caught up to my age group in only four terms.
Marjorie married and moved to Melbourne where she raised her family while continuing a career teaching French, in schools and private
classes in her home, and at the Alliance Francaise. She was also very involved with fundraising for the Alliance, organising many a
luncheon, including catering the events.
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