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Mary Campbell

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Mary Campbell

Awarded for service to the Community

Born: 1923

Entered on roll: 2007


Mary Campbell was born in Launceston in 1923. She was educated at Sacred Heart College, Launceston, and went on to the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian School of Art.

Mary married Hugh Neil Hugh Campbell in 1948 and is the mother of five children, all graduates of the University of Tasmania. Mary supported a number of school parent associations, often in executive positions, for more than 25 years.

In the war years, Mary served in the Australian Women’s Army Service from 1943 to 1946. She worked in transport as a staff-car driver and truck-driver. She then worked in education and finally in post-war rehabilitation for returned men and women.

After her discharge from the Army, Mary trained as a teacher and taught art and general subjects in many Tasmanian schools.

Mary has held many positions with the National Council of Women Tasmania (NCWT) including State President, Vice President and Convenor for Economics. She is currently Advisor on Human Rights and Conventions and edits the monthly newsletter. She also represented NCWT on the Telecom Regional Consultative Committee for a number of years.

Mary was elected as the inaugural President of the newly formed National Councils of Women Coalition Inc in 2002 when the three councils combined to form one group. Her gentle and conciliatory leadership provided strong support for this new body in its formative days.

Mary’s involvement with the Catholic Women’s League Tasmania spans a great many years and roles. She has taken on positions at state, national and international levels, including that of National President in 1996 when she welcomed representatives from 75 countries to a gathering of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations Assembly.

Mary has supported a number of other women’s organisations throughout her life including Penguins and Probus. She also served on the Board of the women’s shelter, Caroline House, for many years and still supports that organisation.

Mary was awarded Life Membership of the National Council of Women, Tasmania, in 1993 and the Catholic Women’s League in 1994 in recognition of her outstanding service to those organisations.

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