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Wednesday February 22, 2017
Elizabeth Laught’s passion for helping people
has been a hallmark of her 40 years in Cooma.
On Australia Day, Elizabeth celebrated four
decades on the Monaro. In this time, her love for
people has dictated the many organisations and
events she’s become an integral part of.
With a weekly schedule rivalling the busiest of
people, Elizabeth’s reach is felt right across the
From her prolific work in the arts and cultural
scene, to helping local school children, there
are few avenues Elizabeth is left to pursue in the
Born in country Victoria, Elizabeth was always
destined to help others. This sparked a desire to
enter the legal profession, and upon completing
school she headed for Melbourne to study law
An avid reader, Elizabeth immersed herself
within legal articles and journals and worked for
13 years in the city as a lawyer. A member of the
legal institute of Victoria for 50 years, Elizabeth
can still be found in Cooma, providing support
for women going through domestic violence
In 1977, Elizabeth and her husband John
made the move to Cooma, where he took up a
position with the Snowy Mountains Engineering
Company as a mechanical engineer.
An instant rapport with the town followed
and their life in a country town was every bit as
enjoyable as they hoped.
“Cooma took us in. Cooma and the Monaro
have been generous places,” Elizabeth said.
“When we arrived we got involved with
activities outside of work through the school,
church activities at St Andrews, cooking classes
later at Cooma Tech. We made new friendships
in between quite a bit of study.”
John worked for SMEC from 1977 up until
2010 when he passed away unexpectedly.
His work took the Laughts across the
globe, country-hopping to new and exciting
The different cultures endeared these
countries to Elizabeth, who remembers with
fondness places like Mauritius, Borneo and Iran.
This life abroad opened up the world to their two
children David and Christina.
“We lived and worked in 18 countries. We
had wonderful opportunity for living and working
within cultures that had a lot to teach us.”
Upon settling back down in Cooma,
Elizabeth’s zest for helping others saw her
become a foundational member of the Breakfast
Club, providing the most important meal of the
day to local school children.
Cooma Public School is home to the
Breakfast Club where Elizabeth is an active
volunteer every Tuesday and Wednesday.
“The hearts and minds were prepared for
Breakfast Club through previous minister,
Reverend Peter Hoogendoorn. He had
perceived an opportunity and need for a
breakfast club outreach,’ Elizabeth said.
“It’s made a difference to the children, the
number of children has increased. If it’s very cold
out, we might have a very full room.
“We work around the day-to-day needs of the
children. The volunteers all very much at home
in that culture, we enjoy it probably it more than
Elizabeth participates in the U3A club as
a lover and student of their French language
classes. Cultural pursuits in the arts, music and
language have underpinned Elizabeth’s time
on the Monaro. Elizabeth helps the arts council
promote its events, actively increasing the
region’s standing as a cultural hub.
“There was a wonderful SMEC expert, Fred
Vine, who said there are three things you must
have: water, power and the third is shelter.
When we were away these were the Fred Vine
principles while with mine, you needed books,
music and saucepans.
Elizabeth’s love for people and the arts has left
a lasting effect on her family and the community.
Her time will continue to be spent between
visiting her children and grandchildren in
Melbourne and continuing her involvement with
Elizabeth’s lifelong love for people, culture and the arts
Elizabeth and her late husband, John on assignment with SMEC.
a luncheon will be held
at the Bombala R.S.L. Club
March at 12.30pm
The luncheon is free to all
Names to Glad Hurley by Monday
6th March 2017
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