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|Date of Death:||1984-04-24|
|Place of Birth:||Clarendon (S. Aust.)|
|Date of Birth:||1894-03-29|
|Place of Death:||Alice Springs (N.T.)|
|Biographical notes:||Hazel arrived in Alice Springs in 1929 just before the arrival of the first Ghan train and went to work for Mrs Annie Meyer at her boarding house near the Todd River. She was approached by the railway to become a housekeeper and she provided meals for the men who were working on the railway. Hazel moved into a Commonwealth Railway cottage to look after them which only lasted until the line was built. She started up her own business in a small antbed house, cooking on the back verandah. The rail authorities lent her the cutlery and crockery to start and a local business man George Wilkinson proved her with what she needed letting her pay him when she could. Hazel paid George back very cent she owed him and later that year, Jim Turner, a pastoralist, built a boarding house for her on Todd Street which she named “The Bushman’s Friend”. She ran the boarding house for over 22 years which was known for its good food. Hazel was involved in other community activities; she was an inaugural member of the Country Women’s Association in Central Australia, a patron of the Senior Citizen's Club and an active member of the Anglican Church where she provided tea and biscuits for workmen and gatherings after church services. In 1952 Hazel retired and moved into a house further down Todd Street and remained there until her death in April 1984.|
|Related link:||Carment, D. 1949-. Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography. Rev. ed. ed. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.|
|Appears in Collections:||Territory Women|
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