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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Mona Haines
Name: Haines, Mona
Also known as: Minahan, Mona
Date of Death: 1996-09-25
Place of Birth: South Australia
Place of Death: Alice Springs (N.T.)
Occupation: Barmaid
Business Woman
Biographical notes: In 1931 Mona arrived on the Ghan to be the first barmaid in Alice Springs, she worked at the Stuart Arms Hotel at the time her sister Eileen and brother-in-law Joe Kilgariff were leasing the Hotel. After working there for ten years Mona walked out and set up business in a general store named Centralian Traders Store and then Mona opened a frock shop. During the war years Mona kept her store going before eventually selling her business, Mona brought a block of land fronting Todd Street and Wills and Leichhardt terraces which became the site of the Riverside Hotel, now the Todd Tavern. Mona was in her seventies before she married long-time partner Ron Haines they sold the Riverside Hotel in 1973 and moved to Adelaide, but within in two years they were back in Alice Springs. She was well known and respected in football circles, donating the Minahan Medal for Central Australian Football League’s (CAFL) best and fairest winner each year. Mona was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) 1980.
Related link: Brown, Shirley. Legends of the Red Heart : Twenty-Six Heroes of Inland Australia. Rockhampton, Qld: Central Queensland University Press, 2002.
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