Helena Carr

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Helena Carr
Born Anne Helena John
September 1946 (age 68)
Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Residence Maroubra, Sydney
Ethnicity Indian-Chinese
Citizenship Australian
Education Bachelor of Economics
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Businesswoman
Spouse(s) Bob Carr

Helena Carr (born Anne Helena John; September 1946) is a Malaysian-born Australian businesswoman and the wife of former Premier of New South Wales, and former Senator and former Foreign Minister, Bob Carr.

Early life[edit]

She was born Anne Helena John in Perak, Malaysia,[1] the youngest of six children of an Indian father and a Chinese mother.[2] In 1965, she came to Sydney to study at Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta.[3] As economics was one of her strongest subjects, she majored in economics at the University of Sydney.[4]

Carr joined Leigh Mardon, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Amatil, in 1976, first as market research officer and then as product manager. She left in 1981 to join Amatil before returning to Leigh Mardon as business development manager and then division manager,[5] where she was responsible for a staff of 1,000.[3]

Marriage and politics[edit]

In 1972, she met Bob Carr on a vacation in Tahiti and the two were married on 24 February 1973.

Bob Carr became Federal President of Young Labor shortly after. Helena Carr started a successful business career and by the 1980s, she was the managing director of Leigh Mardon.[6] In 1992, her bid to buy Offset Alpine for a sum approaching A$15 million was unsuccessful, losing out to a syndicate headed by Rene Rivkin.[citation needed]

She and Max Turner later bought Merritt Madden Printing and Advanced Graphics, a commercial printer producing prospectuses, annual reports, and trade magazines. In October 2004, she and Turner sold the business to the New Zealand company Blue Star Print Group.[6]

On 29 July 2005 Helena Carr was described by NSW Opposition Leader John Brogden as Bob Carr's "mail order bride".[7] Brogden subsequently apologised for the slur and resigned from the leadership on 29 August 2005. He attempted suicide on the following day.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neville Dcruz, Bernama. "New Aussie foreign minister's wife is from Perak". Malaysiakini.com. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  2. ^ ABC News, Carr defends overseas trips with wife
  3. ^ a b "Major supporting act". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 July 2005. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  4. ^ Lawson, Valerie (28 July 2005). "Exit follows cue from retiring leading lady". smh.com.au. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "People". The Age. 17 September 1984. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Mitchell, Alex (24 October 2004). "Wife's deal sparks speculation over Carr's future". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "NSW politician quits after slur". BBC News. 29 August 2005. 
  8. ^ "Brogden recovers 'in psychiatric facility'". smh.com.au. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Helena Dodkin Bob Carr: the Reluctant Leader, University of NSW Press 2003 ISBN 0-86840-757-7
  • Andrew West and Rachel Morris, Bob Carr: a Self-Made Man Harper Collins Pymble NSW 2003 ISBN 0-7322-7750-7
  • Crown Content Who's Who in Australia 2005, North Melbourne page 379