Eileen Kramer was born in 1914, and visited the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney recently to refamiliarize herself with a place that she remembers so fondly from her youth. Upon meeting her, she was such an interesting person with a rich history with the Gardens and some great stories to tell.
Eileen is a dancer, still performing, choreographing and making costumes at 103 years old. An original member of Australia's first modern dance company, the influential Bodenwieser Ballet. She has lived and danced everywhere from India to Paris, London and New York – but one of her favourite places is the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.'
She remembers 1937 to 1940 fondly, as she lived on Philip Street in Sydney’s CBD, and was a student of the Conservatorium of Music. During this time, she and her friend and then housemate Rosaleen Norton – the infamous artist known as the Witch of Kings Cross – would use the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney as their back garden, wandering down to spend time amongst the flowers. On Sundays she would visit the Domain to see the soap box speakers, such as wannabe politicians and health advisers, who would preach the important social issues of the time.