Sport a way of life and a ca­reer

The Courier-Mail - - OBITUARY - CARO­LINE BROOKS

HILDA Lil­lian Brooks (nee Troed­son) was one of a se­lect band of teach­ing grad­u­ates who were cho­sen to con­duct schools of in­struc­tion in teach­ing phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion (PE) for class­room teach­ers in met­ro­pol­i­tan and coun­try schools in Queens­land. She had com­pleted a diploma in PE dur­ing World War II and had at­tended a school of in­struc­tion at As­cot State School, Bris­bane, that aimed to give teach­ers the knowl­edge and skills to teach PE to their classes.

Teach­ers were in­structed to con­duct PE ac­tiv­i­ties com­men- surate with a child’s age and devel­op­ment in a happy, recre­ational at­mos­phere.

This re­flected a phi­los­o­phy of in­di­vid­ual devel­op­ment through move­ment, and move­ment as a medium for the devel­op­ment of per­sonal and so­cial skills. Hilda was com­mit­ted to th­ese val­ues of PE.

Hilda was the youngest child of Lil­lian and Theodore Troed­son (the name is of Swedish ori­gin). She at­tended the Bris­bane Cen­tral Prac­ti­cal Pri­mary School and later Bris­bane Girls Gram­mar school. Hilda had a love of sport and had par- tic­i­pated in swim­ming, ath­let­ics, hockey and net­ball while at school. Golf ul­ti­mately be­came her sport­ing pas­sion.

Af­ter ob­tain­ing her diploma from the Univer­sity of Queens­land, Hilda moved to the Mackay Dis­trict where she in­structed teach­ers from schools from St Lawrence to Proser­pine on teach­ing pri­mary school PE.

She re­turned to Bris­bane to con­tinue in the role of PE ed­u­ca­tion in­struc­tor to class­room teach­ers. An ar­ti­cle from The Courier-Mail of 1945 de­tails her nom­i­na­tion as an en­trant in the Miss Aus­tralia con­test. The ar- ticle men­tions her prow­ess at swim­ming, net­ball and soft­ball and in it she ex­presses a wish to have a diplo­matic ca­reer.

Hilda did not be­come a diplo­mat but her dream to travel over­seas was re­alised more than 40 years later. She put her time and en­ergy into teach­ing stu­dents and coach­ing sports teams.

In 1958, Hilda mar­ried Peter Cardno Brooks. They had two chil­dren; Caro­line and Peter Cardno Ju­nior.

Hilda was al­ways in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics. This in­ter­est had been passed to her by her mother, Lil­lian, who was ac­tive as pres­i­dent and trea­surer of the Queens­land League of Women Vot­ers. In 1974, Hilda stood as a Na­tional Party can­di­date for the Bris­bane seat of Ash­grove ob­tain­ing an im­pres­sive 21 per cent of the vote in a met­ro­pol­i­tan seat. She con­tin­ued to be ac­tive well into her 80s, golf­ing, play­ing bridge and com­plet­ing cross­word puz­zles.

She had al­ways cham­pi­oned PE for all stu­dents, a legacy that is con­tin­ued through her fam­ily with Caro­line, a PE teacher and ad­vo­cate.

HILDA LIL­LIAN BROOKS Phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Born April 9,1924, Bris­bane Died Oc­to­ber 15, 2018, Bris­bane

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