Helena Carr

Australian Businesswoman
Born Sep 1946

Helena Carr is a Malaysian-born Australian businesswoman and the wife of former Premier of New South Wales, and current Senator and Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

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1946 Birth Born in 1946.


1965 19 Years Old She was born Anne Helena John in Perak, Malaysia, the youngest of six children. In 1965, she came to Sydney to study at Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta. … Read More


1972 26 Years Old In 1972, she met Bob Carr on a vacation in Tahiti and the two were married on 24 February 1973. … Read More


1976 30 Years Old Carr joined Leigh Mardon in 1976, first as market research officer and then as product manager.
1981 35 Years Old She left in 1981 to join Amatil before returning to Leigh Mardon as business development manager and then division manager, where she was responsible for a staff of 1000.


1992 46 Years Old 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.


2004 58 Years Old 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.
2005 59 Years Old On 29 July 2005 Helena Carr was described by NSW Opposition Leader John Brogden as Bob Carr's "mail order bride". Brogden subsequently apologised for the slur and resigned from the leadership on 29 August 2005. … Read More
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