Helen KempeFor 50 years Helen has been an avid supporter of her outback community.
Helen's first start in the Northern Territory came when she accepted a position as a governess on Muckaty Station, north of Tennant Creek in 1967. Helen took the job purely because her family, which had been living on Kidman’s Macumba Station in far northern South Australia, had moved to Adelaide where her dad got a job in the head office and was Kidman’s pastoral inspector.
Helen was desperate to get back out bush so her cousin Rebecca Cadzow contacted her mum and dad and asked if she would like to be a governess. She said she would go for a year and stayed for about seven.
Moving North Helen immersed herself in the community through volunteering, becoming involved in campdrafts, rodeos, bush racing carnivals and the Country Women’s Association.
She was also dedicated to the Isolated children’s Parents’ Association and had a stint as the Northern Territory branch’s secretary.