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|Name:||Nelson, Margaret Caroline|
|Also known as:||Nelson, Peg|
Bloomfield, Margaret Caroline
|Date of Death:||2010-02-02|
|Place of Birth:||Oodnadatta (S.Aust.)|
|Date of Birth:||1913-09-01|
|Place of Death:||Alice Springs|
|Biographical notes:||Margaret ‘Peg’ Nelson was the daughter of Lewis Bloomfield and Lillian Myrtle Kunoth, a well known Central Australian pastoral family. Peg and her sister Jean grew up at Loves Creek Station. They studied schoolwork by correspondence and learned to ride and go droving with their father. Their conditions were basic, kerosene lamps at night, baking their own bread, making their own soap from caustic soda, and apart from race days, comparatively isolated but ‘good fun’.
Peg met her husband to be Jock Nelson when he came to the Centre in 1926 to work as a jackaroo. Peg married Jock in 1934. He was working in Tennant Creek as a butcher at the time. Jock had a varied career on the land, and also with the AIF during the war.
While Jock was away at war and following the death of her father, Peg and her mother moved into Alice Springs, which at the time was under control of the military. Peg was a member of the Country Women’s Association, the Alice Springs Memorial Club, the Alice Springs Netball Association, the Red Cross, and the Australian Labor Party.|
Jock was elected the Territory’s member in the House of Representatives from 1949 until 1966. Peg and Jock had young children, so Peg remained in Alice to oversee the children’s schooling while Jock flew home from Canberra on weekends. Jock was Mayor of Alice Springs and then in December 1973 he and his wife became the first Territory-born couple to move into Government House when Jock was appointed Administrator. Peg recalled the damage to Government House following Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Day 1974. The Nelsons had a varied social life during their time at Government House. During a royal visit, the couple entertained Princess Margaret at Government House and spent an evening on the royal yacht Britannia. Jock died in 1991 and Peg moved into the ‘Old Timers’ settlement in Alice Springs in 1993.
|Related link:||"Territory matriarch: tributes flow for 'gem'." Northern Territory News, 6 February, 2010, p.31.|
Carment, D. 1949-. Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography. Rev. ed. ed. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.
Mrs Peg Nelson, Mrs Beryl Ford and Mrs Joy Collins
|Related Materials:||Shirley Brown, Chatting with Centralians. Casuarina : Historical Society of the Northern Territory, 1998: p.1-9.
NTC 994.291 BROW|
Carment, D. 1949-. Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography. Rev. ed. ed. Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008. REF 920.9429 NORT
Nigel Adlam, "Territory Matriarch." Northern Territory News, 6 February, 2010.
|Appears in Collections:||Territory Women|
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