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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Eileen Cossons
Name: Cossons, Eileen Marie
Also known as: Gaden, Eileen Marie
Place of Birth: Darwin
Date of Birth: 1928-07-06
Occupation: Community Service
Biographical notes: Eileen was born into a buffalo hunting family and her childhood years were spent in close friendship with Aborigines who moved with the family from one bush camp to another. She married Leonard Ray Cossons a bush policeman in 1952 and she became a true woman of the outback. She raised two children, provided constant support to her husband as a helping hand and health care in various outlying communities where they were stationed. Eileen treated snake bite, fed prisoners and travellers, delivered infants and stitched cuts using basic equipment. After Cyclone Tracy flattened Darwin in 1974, Eileen’s experience of working in isolated communities proved invaluable, she was responsible for setting up a kitchen cum mess hall in the ground floor of the old police headquarters at the corner of Mitchell and Bennett Streets which provided meals for up to 200 post-cyclone personnel: police officers, southern VIP’s, relief workers and members of the media and others. After retiring from the Department of Mines and Energy, she is still involved with church activities, patchwork and quilt making.
Related link: Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council. Northern Territory Women's Register 1948-1988. 2nd ed. ed. Darwin: Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council, 1991.
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