Connie Hart, Gunditjmara basket weaver, was born in 1917 in Little Dunmore, near Lake Condah Mission in South Western Victoria. Connie attended the mission school during her childhood, but was always attentive to the stories and practices of her mother and her elders while she was growing up. She finished school at 14, thenhelped her father, Angus, and her two brothers in their rabbiting business. When she was sixteen she began to work as a maid and cook for properties in the western districts of Victoria, before she moved to Melbourne. During World War II she worked in a munitions factory, in later years she worked as a wards person at St. Vincent's Hospital, and then for 25 years making shoes in Dummett's Factory in Fitzroy.
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