Helen Kempe

For 50 years Helen has been an avid supporter of her outback community.

Helen Kempe 2018 1000 pixels SQUAREHelen's first start in the Northern Territory came when she accepted a position as a governess on Muckaty Station, north of Tennant Creek in 1967. Helen took the job purely because her family, which had been living on Kidman’s Macumba Station in far northern South Australia, had moved to Adelaide where her dad got a job in the head office and was Kidman’s pastoral inspector.

Helen was desperate to get back out bush so her cousin Rebecca Cadzow contacted her mum and dad and asked if she would like to be a governess.  She said she would go for a year and stayed for about seven.

Moving North Helen immersed herself in the community through volunteering, becoming involved in campdrafts, rodeos, bush racing carnivals and the Country Women’s Association.

She was also dedicated to the Isolated children’s Parents’ Association and had a stint as the Northern Territory branch’s secretary.

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Michael Stock

The Connellan Airways Trust established the Outback Achiever Award in 2006 to recognise an individual or organisation who/which has provided outstanding service in a rural or outback environment.

Michael Stock AM Michael Stock AM, shown left with wife Colleen, epitomises the objectives of the Connellan Airways Trust and received its Outstanding Achiever Award in 2006.

Michael Stock was born in Chelmsford, England, in 1934 to an Australian mother and a British father. He migrated to Australia with his parents in 1951 and, after a few short-term jobs, attended Melbourne Teachers’ College in Victoria and completed his basic teacher training. After graduating he taught in various state schools in Melbourne and country Victoria before joining Ballarat College and later Geelong College. Finally he joined the NSW TAFE sector in 1974 and retired as Head of School from the ACT TAFE in 1989.

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