Noelene discusses her childhood and education, and parental background. She was educated at Perth Modern School, and then trained as a general nurse, after which she gained certificates in child welfare and midwifery, later mental health. She joined the Union of Australian Women in 1949-1950, and was convenor of the Tuart Hill Group. She discusses the role of the union in the 1952 boilermakers' strike at the workshops. The union offered support to the strikers families who were finding it hard economically. She also discusses the problems she had in her marriage, with domestic violence, that inspired her to become a feminist. This was an outlet for the anger she endured.