(9 September 1890-26 May 1984)
Broadcaster, writer, interior designer, community worker
Born in Eucumbene NSW, Hilda Abbott lived in Darwin, Northern Territory, from 1937-46 when her husband Charles Abbott was Administrator of the Northern Territory. They had met during the 1914-18 war when she was in Egypt as a voluntary aide with the Australian Red Cross Society worker in Egypt.
A successful interior designer, she bought the beautiful Queensland red cedar dining room suite that is still used today in the Administrator’s residence in Darwin. She also did the original interiors of Sydney’s Wentworth Hotel. Hilda Abbott published two books and during the 1950s was very familiar to radio listeners for the programs she produced and presented.
Organisations: Red Cross Society
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