Member Profile – Helen Craig

Posted on: 1 August

Helen became the first member of the newly formed VGC House Membership when it was introduced in 2015.

Helen was born in South Africa and at the age of eighteen travelled to the U.S.A  on an American Field Scholarship. It was an exciting, formative experience.

As a student back in South Africa, Helen joined the National Union of S.A. Students in their protests against apartheid and the Nationalist Government. She served on the Students’ Representative Council at University and renewed her friendship with her future husband, Graham who subsequently became president of the student body. 

After graduation, Helen taught English and Psychology and secured a position as Assistant Dean of a newly-constructed Women’s Residence at Wits University in Johannesburg. She also worked in collaboration with the Department of Labour, performing IQ and Aptitude tests.

Helen and Graham moved to Oxford after their marriage, where Helen worked for the Oxford University Appointments’ Committee. On their return to Southern Africa, they lived for a period in Namibia before settling in Johannesburg where they had their three sons.

In 1992, Helen and Graham moved with their boys to Melbourne.

Helen retired from teaching in 2012, but has continued her 20 year association with the National Gallery of Victoria where she has been a Voluntary Guide since 1999. This involvement has brought her into contact with like-minded people from all over Melbourne and has afforded her the opportunity to learn a great deal about Australian art, as well as expand her knowledge of International art.

Helen was encouraged to apply for Membership at VGC where she has been an enthusiastic participant in the Duplicate Bridge and Mahjong Clubs, has taken members through special exhibitions at the NGV, and most significantly inaugurated the VGC Book Club which has enjoyed substantial membership.  

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