‘My goodness, you’d go through barbed-wire for your kids’
Margaret Freiberg has a big week ahead starting with Mother's Day and ending with retiring after almost six decades of nursing in Mackay.
The mum-of-four who grew up on a Nebo cattle station credited her late mother's hard work and sacrifice for allowing her to have the career her mum was denied.
Mrs Freiberg said her mum taught her children via correspondence at their property near Hail Creek before they were sent to boarding school for 11 years from age five.
"Mum worked very hard; she was a kind, caring person but she used to love nothing more than a night out in Nebo and whenever the races were on," Mrs Freiberg said with a laugh.
As she reflected on her own career coming to a close, she said her mother had inspired her work ethic.
"Mum used to say, 'Just do it; get off, put a pin in yourself and get moving'," Mrs Freiberg said.
And so she did, starting as a live-in nurse at the old Mater Hospital in Gordon Street, Mackay, in 1964.
Her daughter Megan Graham has since followed suit, studying with young children in tow to become a nurse and work alongside her mum at the Mater.
"(Mum is) definitely inspiring," Ms Graham said.
"She's funny and straightforward, she's always caring, always there for you no matter what."
And when asked what being a mum meant to them, both replied it was about loving your children through thick and thin.
"Oh my goodness, you'd go through barbed-wire for your kids," Mrs Freiberg said.
They will celebrate Mother's Day together with family.