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Entered on roll: 2005
Born in Hobart, Helen Lindsay was educated at Snug Primary School, Taroona High School and Hobart Matriculation College. She married in 1975 and had two children, a son and a daughter. She was employed from 1971 until 1977 as a typist and clerical officer in the Commonwealth Public Service.
Helen has been an active member of, and exhibitor with, the Hobart Horticultural Society, the Alpine Club and the Margate Garden Club. For seven years, she initiated a series of four floral shows each year at the Hobart Town Hall and helped set up these events every year until 1994. Helen is a judge of floral art at local shows and enjoys the opportunity to teach floral art through Adult Education Tasmania. Since 1995, Helen has been a part owner of the Margate Florist and Crafts and Canary Cage Café, which provides an outlet for 150 local craftspeople. Helen used the café for community meetings and to run quiz nights, raising $10,000 for local charities over two years.
In the late 1990s, Helen was President of the Huon Kingborough Tourism Association during the development of the Huon Trail, which includes 24 picture boards highlighting locations of interest. Helen is now owner of the Brookfield Vineyard at Margate and has been instrumental in developing a local craft and produce market on site. She is also making the venue available for use by the community and non-profit organisations. Helen has used the vineyard as another opportunity to assist local non-profit organisations, donating funds in return for their assistance during the grape-picking season.
Helen was closely involved with the planning of the inaugural ‘2½ Days in Margate’, a community festival showcasing the culture, community and history of the region, in April 2005. The same year, a concert involving local musicians was held at the vineyard, with the funds raised donated to the Cancer Council of Tasmania. Helen, having personally battled cancer, enjoys writing and has published two light-hearted poems about her personal experience fighting the disease.
Helen also enjoys singing and is a member of the Kingston Singers, a local community choir that performs regularly in the area.