Lisa Howden: First Female Plumbing Apprentice in Victoria
Lisa Howden: first female
plumbing apprentice in
NMIT Collection (Melbourne Polytechnic)
Black and white photograph of Lisa Howden, the first female plumbing apprentice student in Victoria, at Collingwood Technical College, 1978.
In 1978, Lisa Howden attended Collingwood Technical College, and was the first female plumbing apprentice in Victoria. She was influenced to follow her father George in the same trade, who had established the family business, GE Howden & Co, in 1957. Lisa, her brother Paul and sister Gina, along with their cousin Andrew, all became plumbers and worked at GE Howden & Co. After Paul and George both passed away, Andrew now runs the business with his wife Brenda and their son Corey in West Brunswick, Melbourne.