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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Christabel Roderick
Name: Roderick, Christabel Johanna
Also known as: Litchfield, Christabel Johanna
Perron, Christabel Johanna
Roderick, Christa
Date of Death: 1991?
Place of Birth: Pine Creek
Date of Birth: 1916-10-03
Place of Death: Darwin
Place of Burial: Gardens Cemetery, Darwin
Occupation: Community Service
Biographical notes: When Christa was about nine months old her family moved to Darwin and lived at (Paraparap) now Parap in 1917 where she grew up meeting all the famous aviators and aviatrixes who arrived in Darwin in the 1920s and 1930s. Christa met and married Keith Perron their home was a favourite meeting place for friends and survived the 1937 cyclone. Christa was eight months pregnant with a young son Stan when evacuated in 1941 to Perth, Western Australia because the war was moving closer to Darwin after arriving in Perth she gave birth to a son Marshall who become the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. Her husband joined them in Perth were they spent the war years then Christa wanted to come to the Territory, but Keith did not want too so they parted and Christa and her two sons returned to Darwin. Then she met and married Roger Roderick and they lived in Winnellie where two more children were born Margaret and Edward before moving in the 1950s to a house in McMinn Street, Darwin they were there when Cyclone Tracy came in 1974. She was given a letter of commendation from the Australian Red Cross in recognition of her service in the aftermath of the cyclone and in 1980 Red Cross Service Award for her work with the organisation which included being elected as Divisional Councillor in 1975 and as Vice President in 1977. Christa was a member of the Quota Club and Country Women’s Association, an active participant in the Old People’s Workshop and taught old time handcrafts to St John’s College. In 1984, Christa was awarded a life Membership badge and a certificate from the Northern Territory Council on the Ageing in appreciation of her support over the previous five years. In 1985, she became the first recipient of Telecom's advance Australia Merit Award for her many unselfish contributions to the community. Christa was a voluntary worker with the Red Cross since 1967 and helped out when Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin. Checking on old age pensioners and residents of Tuckwell Court, arranging meals and washing for them. For many years she laid wreaths at the Anzac Day Remembrance Day and bombing of Darwin commemoration in Darwin. Source: Northern Territory dictionary of biography: volume two. (1992). N.T. : NTU Press, p. 179-181.
Related link: Carment, D. 1949-. Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography. Rev. ed. ed. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.
Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council. Northern Territory Women's Register 1948-1988. 2nd ed. ed. Darwin: Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council, 1991.
Records Territory. January 1993 : Recent Accessions - Christa Roderick
Related Materials: Bennett, P. and Green, P. "Tiny Tiger Moth made epic flight to Darwin from UK." Northern Territory News, 15 March 1978. p.16.
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