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Entered on roll: 2005
Nell Carey was born at Howth and educated at the Sacred Heart School, in Ulverstone, and Devonport and Burnie High Schools. She married in 1940 and had one daughter.
Nell graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1937. She subsequently taught at state high schools in Scottsdale, Burnie, Devonport and Hobart. Nell actively educated and encouraged women to participate in public life. She provided leadership by example, winning a seat on the Burnie Council in 1969. She was the second woman to be elected to the Council. She was also a member of the boards of Umina Park Nursing Home, the North West General Hospital and the State Library of Tasmania.
Nell had extensive community involvement statewide and was a member of the Victoria League, the Burnie Branch of Business and Professional Women, Red Cross, Retarded Children’s Welfare Association, the Burnie Police and Citizens Club, Girls Guides Association and Soroptimists International. Nell was State and Branch President of the Catholic Women’s League, being made a Life Member in 1960, and State President of the RSL Women’s Auxiliary. In 1971, she was honoured by The Mercury newspaper as a Woman of Achievement for 1970-71 and she received a Citizenship Award from the Ulverstone Apex Club in 1978.
Nell was active in a range of charitable endeavours and raised many hundreds of dollars each year as a button seller for welfare organisations. Nell’s contribution to the community and education was recognised when she was made a Member of the British Empire in 1967.