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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Betty Bates
Name: Bates, Dorothy Eileen Betty
Also known as: Hallett, Dorothy Eileen Betty
Place of Birth: St Helens Isle of Wight (England)
Date of Birth: 1926-09-29
Occupation: Community Service
Biographical notes: Betty had been a clerk with the British occupation forces in Germany prior to coming out to Australia in 1951. On 14 July 1951 the RMS Mooltan arrived in Melbourne where Betty met and married Nathanial Bates a New Zealander who was serving in the Australian Army they had one daughter and two sons. Mr Bates had worked in the Northern Territory and upon his discharged from the Army the family moved to the Northern Territory in October 1957 to stay. For seventeen years the family lived in humpies or tents around mining settlements. At times Betty wondered if she could survive the heat, flies, isolation and dust. In addition to raising her own family, she also raised three other unrelated children one Italian and two Aborigines who were above school-age when Betty took them in because their parents were in difficult circumstances. Betty has demonstrated her love and concern for children by serving on the: Tennant Creek School committee, Scouts and Girl Guides committees, Correctional Service Advisory committee and was the Secretary of the Baseball Association.
Related Materials: Northern Territory women's register 1948-1988. Darwin : Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council, 1991. REF 305.4099429 NORT
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