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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Helen Bulloch
Name: Bulloch, Helen Gertrude
Also known as: Western, Helen Gertrude
Place of Birth: Korumburra (Vic.)
Date of Birth: 1934-09-13
Occupation: Educator
Biographical notes: In 1960 Helen arrived at the Methodist Mission School on Elcho Island to an unlined house crawling with cockroaches, no running water and saw unkempt and disobedient children running around. Despite feelings of unease Helen stayed until 1969, where she built a special rapport with her Aboriginal pupils. She conducted and trained a children’s choir at Elcho and they produced two records and sang on the program of community hymn singing broadcast on the ABC radio. Helen took the children on an educational and concert tour of Western Australia. The Elcho Island Choir put on a total of nine concerts during their tour and participated in and won many Darwin eisteddfods. From Elcho, Helen went to Batchelor Teacher’s College, where she taught Aboriginal teacher-trainees, some Helen had taught as five year olds on Elcho Island. She wrote a mathematics handbook for Aboriginal student teacher use, titled “Mathematics for Young Children”. This reference piece has since been used in various other colleges as it was a pioneer in its field. Helen left the Northern Territory when she married Allen E. Bulloch in1981.
Related link: Western, Helen. Mathematics for Young Children : A Handbook of Activities for Australian Teachers. Carlton, Vic: Forest Press/Richard Lee Associates, 1979.
Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council. Northern Territory Women's Register 1948-1988. 2nd ed. ed. Darwin: Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council, 1991.
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