‘The old lady who wouldn’t sell ‘

18 May 2023

I remember this ! A lone old house in front of the Camberwell Junction Safeways where we shopped every Saturday morning when I was a youngster. Facebook took me to an ABC article from 2016, outlining the whole story. She was Mary Ann Campigli, who not only refused to sell to Safeways, but when Camberwell Council tried compulsory acquisition in 1971, she took them all the way up to the Supreme Court and won ! She was aged 84 then and stayed till she died aged 92. I just remember looking down into her overgrown backyard and wondering what she could be like. I think my mother was happy about her standing up for herself.

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