Also known as: née Scott
Died: 2008Special Achievements:
First Gymnastics teacher at Children's Social Club (later known as Youth Centre), Alice Springs.
Joan Scott was stationed in Alice Springs during World War II where she met Jack Higgins, also in the army. They left town, married in 1945 and then later returned to live and raise a family here. Both Joan and Jack were interested in youth work, sport, various organisations and gardening. Prior to the Alice Springs Youth Centre being established at Anzac Hill, they both taught gymnastics at the Church of England Hall.
Joan's work and achievements were recognised in Central Australia and nationally when she became the first recipient of the Centralian of the Year Award and received a medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1982.
1942 - Arrived in Alice Springs with Australian Army Nursing Service to work at the 109 Army General Hospital.
1966-1988 - Full time Director of Alice Springs Youth Centre.
Brown, Shirley and Historical Society of the Northern Territory. (1998). Chatting with Centralians: a recorded history of thirty Centralians. Casuarina, Darwin, Northern Territory: Historical Society of the Northern Territory. "The lives of 30 Centralians and their contributions to the growth of the Northern Territory" -- cover.