Territory Stories

Helen Coburn



Helen Coburn


Coburn, Helen Margaret; Gill, Helen Margaret


Helen Coburn


Territory Women; HistoryNT

Place of birth

Orbost (Vic.)

Date of birth



Educator; Government Administration

Honours and awards

Australian Sports Medal 2000.

Biographical notes

Helen arrived in the Northern Territory in 1959 and has lived at Areyonga, Alice Springs, Pine Creek, Tennant Creek, Ali Curung (was Warrabri), Katherine and Darwin . She has had a varied teaching career at primary schools and was senior teacher of the English faculty at Casuarina Secondary College (was Casuarina High School). Helen was married to William Coburn, they had two daughters and three sons. In 1985 she was the first person appointed to the position of senior education officer, ‘Education for Girls', in the Northern Territory Department of Education. Helen worked hard to promote career opportunities for young women in the technical, trade and scientific areas. In 1987 Helen was appointed the acting director, Officer of Women's Affairs (OWA), Department of the Chief Minister. She also was the chairperson on the Historical Research Committee Tennis NT Organisational.


Women; Northern Territory

Related links

http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=977081&search_type=simple&showInd=true; http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/10418243; http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/10418243 [Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council. Northern Territory Women's Register 1948-1988. 2nd ed. ed. Darwin: Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council, 1991.]; http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=977081&search_type=simple&showInd=true [Australian Sports Medal]

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