The Goulburn Post continues its series of articles marking the newspaper's 150th birthday this month. This time we look back at photojournalist Lyn Terrey's career and what inspired her striking images. The Post will publish a special souvenir edition on Wednesday, October 28.
Lyn Terrey waits for the right moment, sitting watchfully and patiently at Marsden Weir.
Bird life is teeming at the popular recreational spot and Lyn's camera is poised to capture a Darter with wings spread in striking pose or intermediate Egret standing gracefully on the riverbank.
There's a little more time for creative imagery these days. But the passion for photographic excellence hasn't left her since retiring from The Post in 2001.
Her career from 1988 saw her cover everything from social events to hard-hitting stories like controversial water reforms in the early 2000s.
Armed with a healthy dose of daring, she poked her camera though a fence hole to prove that stunning Carrara marble Stations of the Cross removed from Saint Michael's Novitiate were languishing in a Goulburn stonemason's yard.
Ultimately, The Post's campaign to stop the statues' removal to the Passionist Fathers' South Australian retreat was unsuccessful. But it wasn't for want of trying. Goulburn and district people who had donated money for their purchase and dedication to loved ones were left heartbroken
Then in 2001, the council was intent on removing a long row of plane trees from Sloane Street. The Post took a stand, acting on community objection.
Strolling along the thoroughfare one day, resident Mida Cameron felt strongly enough about the issue to agree to be photographed. Lyn's page one photo the next day showed Mida chained to a tree, watched by the equally incensed Cr Judy Micallef.
Charm, humour and imagination counted for much in manoeuvring most subjects into just the right spot. She worked with politicians, archbishops, international visitors and did many stories on the jail, hospital, churches and schools.
Lyn also forged close links with people like the late Goulburn City Mayor Ernie McDermott, whom she photographed for the last time in 1999, three years before his death.
In her down time, Lyn sang and acted in musicals and performed at weddings and other functions.
On her retirement in November, 2001 she famously led the rapidly formed Goulburn Post 'choir' in song at the Belmore Park rotunda.
Lyn said at the time she had enjoyed the job's challenge and "living on the edge."
"Working as a photographer and journalist for The Goulburn Post was always a stimulating and confidence building experience," she said recently.
"While working in the community, I met so many interesting people who, in one way or another, enriched my life.
"Dramatic, fun and a little sad at times, it was a time of life where heart, soul and mind were at one."
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