Vale Daughne Kelpe

Vale Daughne Kelpe

A doyenne of the Australian travel sector died last weekend, with 93-year-old Daughne Kelpe passing on after more than 55 years working in the industry.

Kelpe started her career as a hostess flying across the Pacific with British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines (BCPA) in unpressurised aircraft.

BCPA later became Qantas Empire Airways in 1954 meaning she was one of those original glamorous Qantas flight attendants.

After leaving the airline in 1964 after 16 years of flying, she joined Intermedia Travel where she was a director and co-owner until 1991, and then continued consulting looking after her own clients until 2003.

Daughne Kelpe’s funeral will take place at 1.30pm next Mon 20 Nov at the East Chapel, Northern Suburbs Crematorium in Sydney’s North Ryde.

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