Mary’s house of memories

A trip down memory lane has given Mary Bodden the keys to a little house full of treasures from the past.

Mary Bodden

Mary has a large collection of old newspapers, including this issue of The Caymanian from 1974. The lead story details Thomas Russell being appointed Governor of the Cayman Islands.
Photo: Jewel Levy

An avid collector of old newspaper, magazines and heirlooms, Mary, 69, is also a wealth of knowledge about Cayman’s history, heritage and traditions.

Over the years she has built up such a large collection of memorabilia, that she has built a little house in her yard to accommodate it all.

Amongst her extensive collection are 57 photo albums, numerous scrapbooks full of old newspaper cuttings, precious postcards and autographs of school friends.

She also has many items handed down from parents and grandparents, such as a lovely old clock, china and embroidery.

Mary, who lives in Newlands, grew up in a traditional Caymanian cottage in George Town and has many recollections of her childhood days in what is now North Church Street.

With her little house of memories dedicated to the past, Mary has plenty of time to reflect on happy days gone by.

And, her extensive knowledge means she is often sought out by friends and neighbours seeking information about yesteryear.

‘I call the little house Mary’s Memories,’ she says. ‘I don’t have money but I have my money’s worth and a lot of love.’

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