Family woman ‘ hated conflict’
TO her close- knit circle of friends and family, Corinne Henderson was a kind- hearted, animal- loving, careerminded woman setting herself up for the future.
Ms Henderson ( pictured) grew up in Tasmania with her parents Dianne and Brian and two elder brothers. As a family they enjoyed ballroom dancing and motorbike riding.
Ms Henderson had worked as a nanny in her home state and in Melbourne before starting her mining career in Queenstown, Tasmania.
Friend Sally Jupp said Ms Henderson was close to her parents, who lived in Townsville six months a year.
She worked week- on, weekoff as a truck driver, grader operator and driller at Cannington mine, near Mount Isa, and would spend time with her parents on every day off.
Ms Jupp said just before her death, Ms Henderson was “finally getting herself together”.
She had been offered a promotion, was excited about her new relationship with Dwayne Wickham and construction on her “dream house” was due to start on the Monday after she was murdered.
“Her parents had met Dwayne and they really liked Dwayne, so it was just like everything had started to fall into place – with work,k with ith th the home being built, ( she had) got ( Pilcher) out of her life ( and) found a new boyfriend,” she said. “She was just about to start a new chapter.”
Ms Jupp said her friend loved fitness, adored her dog Aurora and liked catching up with her friends for dinners, movies and cocktails.
“She was a very loyal friend. She was the type of person who would always put other people first – she was super kind,” Ms Jupp said. “On the Sunday before she was killed, she was coming … to help me move house, right before she was about to start building her own.”
Ms Jupp said it was typical that, when her ex- partner Dane Andrew Pilcher, who was convicted of her murder yesterday, came crashing through Ms Henderson’s kitchen window, her first reaction had been to offer help.
“She hated conflict – whether it be at work or outside of work – but she was always the type of person who stuck up for other people and not herself,” she said.