Call me Beba — my parents always did!
Beba is an unremarkable woman with a somewhat remarkable history. Born in former Yugoslavia in 1952, she moved to her beloved Sydney at age two, with her parents and older brother. She grew up in the Western Suburbs, where she still lives today.
She attended Granville South Public School for her primary school years and Rosehill Girls Junior High for the next phase of her education, finally the Metropolitan Business College in Parramatta to learn office skills, shorthand and typing.
She got her first job, at age sixteen, with MLC Insurance in Sydney. She worked for 25 years in various and numerous office jobs as well as running her own business for a time, a women's fashion boutique, in Westfield Parramatta in the mid 1980s.
In the early 1990s, she was unfairly dismissed from the Federal Attorney General's Department, twice — first in 1991 then again in 1993. Following an unprecedented court win in 1995, she was compensated for the injuries caused as a result of the dismissals; making history as the first person to receive workers compensation for an unfair dismissal. She married in 1974 and had her only child, a daughter, in 1979. She lives alone, happily, following her divorce. She enjoys theatre and writing plays, winning a play writing competition in 2009.
She has never revealed to anyone, who she believes her grandfather really was, and expects the revelation to shock her family and friends as the secret is revealed, for the first time, in her memoir — The Anger Prison.