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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Ellen (Ella) Stack
Name: Stack, Ellen Mary
Also known as: Stack, Ella
Lawler, Ellen
Date of Birth: 1941-01-01
Occupation: Doctor
Lord Mayor
Biographical notes: Ella Stack and her family moved to Darwin in 1961. She was first employed for a few weeks mid-1961 by a local GP and then in 1962, Ella took over as long-term locum. She was one of two private practitioners in Darwin. Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin in 1974. Instead of evacuating, she chose to stay and provide medical support and to help with the reconstruction of the city. Dr Stack became a member of the Darwin Reconstruction Commission that enacted a new building code to prevent similar devastation in the future. In May 1975 she was elected the first woman Mayor of Darwin and with self-government, became Lord Mayor of Darwin in 1979. After stepping down as Lord Mayor in 1980, she completed her Masters of Public Health, joining the Department of Health as the first Assistant Secretary of the Division of Aboriginal Health. It was the first Division devoted entirely to the health of Aboriginals. Later she became Secretary of the Department of Health of the Northern Territory. Source: Northern Territory dictionary of biography. Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.
Honours and Awards: Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 1979.
Related link: Bright Sparcs : Biographical Entry "Ellen Mary (Ella) Stack"
PictureNT : Mayor Ella Stack receiving Patroness badge from President Arafura Ladies Bowls Club.
National Library of Australia : Stack, E. M. and Wyatt, Phyllipa. Interview with Ella Stack, physician and Mayor of Darwin sound recording, 1976
Sydney Medical School, Online Museum and Archive : Ellen Mary Stack
"A recipe of kangaroo care and compassion", Northern Territory News, 29 May 1998.
PictureNT : Arafura bowler Nell Carrol receives LM badge from Club patroness Ella Stack.
Northern Territory Library : 3rd Eric Johnston Lecture "Aboriginal Pharmacopeia" by Ella Stack 1998
Related Materials: Who's who of Australian women : a biographical dictionary of notable Australian women. North Melbourne, Vic. : Crown Content, 2009. REF 920.094 WHO.
Stack, E. M. (Ellen Mary). Interviews with residents of Darwin after Cyclone Tracy, January 1975. [sound recording] NTC 363.3492 STA.
Northern Territory dictionary of biography. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2008. NTC 994.9429 NORT
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