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Burrum Heads woman in esteemed company

Burrum Heads resident Ann Moffatt has been named a pioneer by Microsoft for teleworking.
Burrum Heads resident Ann Moffatt has been named a pioneer by Microsoft for teleworking. Brendan Bufi

PUT on the same pedestal as winged keel designer Ben Lexcen and Hills Hoist manfacturer Lance Hill is retired Burrum Heads resident Ann Moffatt.

The teleworking pioneer was one of 10 Australians to be honoured at an event in Canberra by Microsoft.

The event was designed to celebrate our innovation success stories and champion role models for future innovators.

Ann Moffatt writing the programs for the Concorde black box in 1966.
Ann Moffatt writing the programs for the Concorde black box in 1966. Contributed

"I don't know why they put me on that list with all those important people," she said.

It now has many forms and labels, but teleworking means working from a distance or away from the office.

"I've been in the computer industry since 1959," Mrs Moffatt said.

The 74-year-old has been teleworking since 1965, when her children were born, and her first project was an important one.

Along with 20 other women, the down-to-Earth Burrum Heads resident built the analysis systems for the black box for Concord.

"Concord was the first commercial airliner that had the black box," she said.

Since then, Mrs Moffatt has managed a technology company with 250 computer programmers all working from home and built systems for Vodafone and Optus.

"It's been fascinating - being paid a lot of money for having fun," she said.

"(I've been) trying to get people to live and work where they choose."

And she's happy with her decision to retire in Burrum Heads.

"It's heaven on a stick, an absolute dream."

Australian innovators recognised by Microsoft

  • Professor Fiona Wood, spray-on skin
  • David Unaipon, sheep-shearing comb
  • Professor Graeme Clark, Cochlear implant
  • John Flynn OBE, Royal Flying Doctors Service
  • Dr Ann Moffatt, teleworking
  • Lance Hill, Hills hoist
  • Dr David Warren, flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder
  • Ben Lexcen, winged keel
  • Naomi Simson, RedBalloon
  • Dr David Robinson and George Kossoff, grey-scale ultrasound scanner

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