I remember Gladys, even then known as the "Northbridge grrl", as a shy and green young researcher when she used to do research at the NSW Parliamentary Library back in the 1980s and 1990s ... Armenian grrls are partial to New Idea Type of magazines and tend to be fond of Blokes from the sunny lands of Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Memories keep flooding back after seeing some of these stories again ... One comes across even Marice Payne one of the best dancers at Press Christmas Parties as Gladys worked On the staff when Marice was a Senator ... All roads seem to lead to the Bear Pit ...
'Nothing I will ever do in life professionally will compare': Lunch with Gladys Berejiklian
Gladys Berejiklian used to half-heartedly joke to her school friends that she wanted to go into politics. But she didn't mean it. Her heart was set on being a science teacher.
Berejiklian is a self-confessed goody two-shoes, which began the day she set foot in North Ryde Public School. She did not speak a word of English, only Armenian, but that did not hold her back.
And her competitive streak came through early. "I was obsessed with school and I was always worried about making sure I got into the highest class," Berejiklian says.
More than four decades later public education is still the Premier's passion and she says schools policy will be her focus this year. That and rebuilding the state after the summer from hell.
Berejiklian made history a year ago when she became the first elected female premier in NSW. Before that she was the state's first female treasurer under former leader Mike Baird. But Berejiklian, who is notoriously private and cautious, does not like to focus on her achievements as a woman.
Since rising to become leader in January 2017, Berejiklian has studiously avoided weighing into the gender debate that has at times engulfed the Liberal Party. She repeatedly says that she wants actions to speak louder than words.
It's a warm Friday and the small Lotus Dumpling Bar in Walsh Bay is heaving when we meet. She has brought a media adviser with her, who assures me she is there to just sit on the sidelines.
"You can't tell by looking at me, but I do follow fashion," she says.
"I love fashion, I love supporting Australian designers. I don't wear a lot of their clothes but I love Aussie designers who still manufacture in Australia so I love Carla [Zampatti] and Karen Gee". (Berejiklian wore a pink Karen Gee dress to her election victory party last year).
"I love that they are strong Aussie women, Aussie designers who manufacture here."
Gladys Berejiklian: sky’s the limit for self-made Liberal
By Google MEdia Dragons