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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Poppy Secrett
Name: Secrett, Poppy Octavia
Also known as: Cooper, Poppy
Date of Death: 1978
Place of Birth: Western Australia
Date of Birth: 1913-10-19
Place of Death: Darwin
Occupation: Business Woman
Public Servant
Biographical notes: Poppy married Albert Stanley (Stan) Secrett with two children, John and Wendy, born in Western Australia, they left in 1937 for Darwin on the state Ship “Koolama”, which sank during the war. Stan, a carpenter, was employed by the Civil Works. They had another daughter, Lorilee, born at the Darwin Hospital. In 1942, women and children were evacuated out of Darwin. Poppy and her three children sailed to Perth. Having to suffer misery as a refugee in Perth, Poppy was determined to return to Stan in the Northern Territory. The two oldest children went to a boarding school in Perth and Poppy made her way to Alice Springs and persuaded Stan to smuggle her through army security to Dunmarra Station. Poppy worked here as a station housekeeper. Poppy gave birth in 1944 to Robert and Peter, the first European twins born at Alice Springs under the hands of army doctors who were inexperienced in childbirth. John and Wendy joined their mother at Alice Springs and in November 1945 the family was reunited in Darwin. 1949, another daughter, Holly was born. Although a busy housewife and mother Poppy decided to enhance the family income by opening a coffee shop selling scones and tropical breakfast of pawpaw. This was a great flourishing business and the strain was too much, Poppy sold the shop. Husband Stan left the Civil Works Department and they opened a building contracting business in Katherine then they started a taxi service and opened a Shell service station. Stan on a trip back from Darwin the vehicle overturned and he was killed. Poppy returned to Darwin with her six children and became a public servant, tour guide, licensed bus and taxi driver. Source: Northern Territory Women’s Register 1948-1988. 2nd ed. Darwin : Northern Territory Women’s Advisory Council. 1991. p. 156.
Related link: NT Placenames : Secrett Road
2004 Tribute to Northern Territory Women Recipients : Poppy Secrett
Ogden, Pearl. Women of the Kath-Rine. Winnellie, N.T.: Pearl Ogden, 1994.
Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council. Northern Territory Women's Register 1948-1988. 2nd ed. ed. Darwin: Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council, 1991.
Related Materials: Collins, Joy, "Christmas was out in 1941." Northern Territory News. 19 December 1974. p. 20.
Appears in Collections:Territory Women

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