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Janet and Janine: Bringing a new meaning to “sisters-in-law”

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JANET and Janine Boyd not only share a family connection – their working lives have been intertwined for decades.

The sisters-in-law have a combined six decades of service with Sewells and its successor firm SLM Law.

SLM Law Staff May 2018

Janet Boyd (left) and Janine Boyd (right) have a combined six decades of service with Sewells and its successor firm SLM Law

Janine started at Sewells not long before Colac region hero Cliff Young completed his famed 1983 marathon.

The 17-year-old had been working part-time at Bellchambers Milk Bar and had completed year 12 the previous year.

“Electric typewriters were just coming in, good old carbon paper was still in use,” Janine said.  “You had to be word perfect – liquid paper was not allowed and shorthand was used for dictation.”

Aged 20, Janet joined only a few years later when Crocodile Dundee was lighting up the silver screen.

“I completed year 11, worked part-time at Beeac Milk Bar then worked full time at Thwaites Bakery before I started at Sewells in July 1986,” she said.

“When I started, there was a typing pool with the older-style computers. We used dictaphones back then and phone messages had to be handwritten as emails didn’t come into the office until the 1990s.”

While office technology has altered, Janet and Janine’s shared connection with SLM remains.

“There’s plenty of happy memories here. The work is rewarding and many friendships have been made,” Janine said.

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