I was born at Thursday Island and grew up on Badu Island with my very big family. I grew up leaning the importance of working hard to look after my family which included planting gardens, and tending and maintain the gardens, from root veggies to different tropical fruits including watermelon, mangoes and coconut and tending to the chores at home with mum and my older sisters as well as fetching firewood, while my brothers sought seafood. Coming from a big family, I now live with my husband and family on Kubin.