was the work of three governesses from outback Australia. The idea of
creating a network and website on governessing has been kicked around by
the governess groups in South Australia and Queensland for several
In 2001 the South
Australia Governess Group sent out letters to all School of the Airs and
Distance Ed. Schools around Australia to see if they would be interested
in forming a network for governesses. In 2002 Jasmyn Crimmins,
President of the Mount Isa Governess group, contacted Lee-Anne Bright,
President of Distance Education Supervisors (SA Group). The Mt Isa
Govie Group was keen to set up a network on the web. Jasmyn knew a
governess called Kirsten Cosgrove, who had all the technical knowledge
and training to put it together and up on the web. So from that moment
Lee-Anne became the willing pupil to learn all she could about the
creation, operation and maintenance of the Governess Australia
website and Jasmyn took care of the financial . There were many moments
when Kirsten was driven to the brink of madness. The girls names became
regular words in each of their work household, the bosses of all three
at the time were very tolerant and we sincerely thank them for their
In October 2002
Governess Australia was launched onto the internet. With much
advertising through emails to all the Distance Education Schools and in
2003 through the ICPA newsletters, Governess Australia has became a
success. The JobBoard has been a major success many girls
telling me they found their job through it. In January 2003 the website
had up to 8 jobs being advertised at one time. After just two and a
half months of operation we were ecstatic. Now after several years the
site has had up to 30 resumes and over 50 jobs online at once.
Lee-Anne now runs
the website alone using her many supporters as a sounding board.
Lee-Anne's Story Continues
In April 2003
I made major changes to the look of the entire website, revamping most
areas. The major change was to the Schoolroom Tips and Links section.
They now became the one area called The Schoolhouse. With thanks
to govo's who have sent me work activities, etc.
In October 2003
there were over 40 members of our Yahoo Group OUTBACK GOVIES.
With constant messages and tips going up. Many newbies are now
starting to ask questions and use it as a place to get ideas and help.
In 2006 there are nearly 70 members.
In 2004 I
have worked on setting up many new pages and making the information more
streamlined to use. Some of the new pages are the FAQ page to
answer new and perspective governesses questions and the Ask an
Expert page. I have also changes the overall look of the webpage
once again. I finally met Jasmyn at Mt Isa this year. After all these
years of emailing to meet someone face to face and hear a voice was
In 2005 I, Lee-Anne,
have sole responsibility for for both financial and maintenance of the
website. A job which is a brings me into contact through email with
hundreds of parents,
has so far provide me with plenty of challenges maintaining the
website. When I moved back to NSW I had to redo the entire website. In
the process I upgraded the look of the site and added more information
and pages. The website has been simplified with the addition of the
Parent Page and Govie Page, providing a central point for both parties
to get information.
December, the website has 167 pages, it has come a long way from
the 8 that it started with. Many parents have suggested charging a fee
for the use of advertising space on Governess Australia. I have taken
that idea on board and am now developing a annual membership.
In January 2010
I created a whole new JobBoard based on the idea that employers have to
become members to advertise their position. I am extremely excited to
think after 9 years of maintaining the website it may start paying me
back for all the time it takes answering emails and maintaining it. I
have also decided to streamline the look of the whole website to fit in
with the new look created for the JobBoard.....MORE WORK.
has been the start
of more development for my business, I started a FaceBook page to
support the website and the Outback Govies group. It will give tips and
updates on what I am up to. Another way to advertise my business.
In August 2011
I started a blog
http://www.governessworld.blogspot.com/ I felt I was never going to
get around to writing the book that everyone wants me to so I will start
sharing all the stuff that I have collected up. On another note
Employer Membership of the JobBoard is working well and paying me back
for all the hard work I have put in.
I grew up on a
property in Wester NSW, south of Broken Hill. My sister and I had
governesses while completing Broken Hill School Of The Air.
I still head home
every holidays and help my parents on our goat and meatsheep property.
I am secretary of the local picnic race club.
governessing in 1997 and through the years have had my types of jobs and
My statistics are as follows ...
3 states education systems
New South Wales
7 DE schools
Port Augusta SOTA
Broken Hill SOTA
Emerald-Rockhampton (Capricornia SDE)
14 Stations between 1997 to 2012
Year Levesl Taught: Preschool to year 8
37 kids to 2012
As a governess I have been a teacher, friend, 2nd
mum, sister, counsellor, secretary, computer whiz and partner in crime.
I have also been fencer, musterer, stationhand, spare driver.
My passion is helping families like mine in the
bush and computers.
Just a quick get to
know me. I must update this later in 2013 with my full story.
Governess Australia over time...
provided financial support throughout 2001, 2002, 2003,
Mount Isa Govie
support throughout 2001, 2002, 2003,
(Emerald, QLD) 2006
/ Walgett Govies
Broken Hill Govies
2009, 2010, 2011