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Entered on roll: 2007
Linley Grant was born in Circular Head during the Depression. In 1940 her family moved to Devonport, where she completed most of her schooling. She married Malcolm in 1959 and they have three children.
After leaving school, Linley worked for one year in a pharmacy and then completed a four-year nursing course at the Royal Hobart Hospital, where she graduated as dux in 1955. She left Tasmania to work with psychologically disturbed children in London. On her return to Tasmania in 1958, she worked in the Burnie General Hospital before her marriage and in nursing education again after her children were at school.
Linley and her family moved from Burnie to George Town in 1972 where she worked at the George Town Hospital and Ainslie House, Low Head. The family transferred to Hobart in 1974 and Linley worked part-time at the Royal Hobart Hospital, primarily in the Burns Unit and as a lecturer in the care of burns injuries until 1997. She also studied part-time for her Bachelor of Arts, graduating with Honours in 1981.
Linley has been a Commissioner or Unit Leader in Guides Tasmania since 1958. Her commitment to her community has been expressed through continual representation, most often as Secretary. She has been involved with the Mount Stuart Progress and Community Service Associations (31 years); establishing and maintaining the Fiona Allan Walkway (25 years); the National Council of Women of Tasmania (26 years); the Anti-Poverty Coalition, Tasmania (10 years); the United Nations Association Australia, Tasmania (eight years); Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (12 years); several Parents and Friends Associations; the Order of Australia Association (Tasmania) and founded three clubs for the Penguin Club of Australia (Tasmania).
She was state president of the Pre-School Parents Council (four years), the Penguin Club (two years), National Council of Women of Tasmania (four years), Tasmanian Rostrum (four years); National Vice-President of Australian Rostrum (three years) and Vice-President of Birds Tasmania (three years). Linley has also been involved with committees that resulted in the establishment of the Tasmanian Women’s Health Centre and the Tasmanian Working Women’s Centre. She has served on several government committees including the Tasmanian Women’s Consultative Council, Riverworks, Tasmania Together Progress Board and the Tasmanian Women’s Council.
Recognition of her extensive community work has come through several awards including Life Membership of the Tasmanian Pre-School Parents Council (1975) and the National Council of Women of Tasmania Inc (1996). She has a Wattle Award and long service awards from Guides Tasmania, was awarded Freemanship of Australian Rostrum (2004) and received an OAM for community service in 1993.
Linley’s family has remained her highest priority, and has supported her throughout her community service involvement.