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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA June 2013
Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 2 June 2013 49 Marcia Cerutty, D.C. After graduation Mary Ann practiced for a year in Mount Gambier, South Australia. For the next fourteen years, she was a practicing clinician and then director for McLeod Chiropractic Clinics, centered in Melbourne. One of the frst friends she made in Melbourne was Dr. Marcia Cerutty.5 Marcia Hart was born 13 October 1918 in Wellington, New Zealand. In 1923, when she was fve, her parents, John and Rita Hart, and Rita's brother and his wife, Leonard and Nora Mitchell, sold their possessions and moved halfway around the world to Davenport, Iowa, to study chiropractic. The four of them enrolled on April 26, 1924.14 Rita gave birth to a son in Dr. A.B. Hender's clinic on the Palmer School of Chiropractic campus in 1925. After graduating in 1926, Rita a week after John, the Harts returned to Napier, New Zealand, and set up their chiropractic practice.15 "I manifested an early histrionic talent which my mother fostered by having me taught the lot ... elocution, singing, ballet, piano."15, p.58 Although she performed regularly in competitions and theatrical productions, her parents never attended a day- time school function, an absence to which Marcia attributed developing a "protective shell." 15, p.58 The Harts left Napier for a year after the 1931 earthquake which destroyed most of Napier’s buildings, but returned and Rita completed her secondary education in Napier. During this time her father, John Robert Victor Hart, D.C., Ph.C., was arrested and was absolved after two trials for manslaughter following a patient's death. Although the death occurred following a chiropractic adjustment, it also was subsequent to an injection into the myocardium by a medical practitioner.15,16 "Hart was acquitted in the second trial after his barrister was able to demonstrate there had been a medical conspiracy to discredit chiropractic. In 1937, Marcia was talked into entering the frst Miss New Zealand contest and walked away with the title and a prize of £50. The following year, her family relocated to Australia, her father's homeland. Her parents set up a practice there with her mother relegated to offce manager.15,16 For the next eighteen years, Marcia worked as a radio actress. She starred as Mary Wallace in Convict Girl for 156 episodes, as Ruth Carey in Elephant Walk, played in The Markhams of Four Winds for over 800 episodes, and starred or was featured in many others.17 A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS CALLENDER
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