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Awarded for service to the Community
Born: 30 April 1924
Entered on roll: 2009
Mary Murdoch Crisp was born in Hobart on 30 April 1924. She has lived in the Coal River Valley all her life and is widely recognised for her extensive community involvement.
Mary was educated at home, Cambridge Primary School and Fahan School, becoming President of the Fahan Old Scholars Association in the 1960s. She began her voluntary work early in life, joining the Junior Red Cross in 1934, an association she has continued to the present day.
As a member of the Red Cross during WWII, Mary was a member of the ladies’ groups that provided support, hospitality, entertainment and catering for soldiers in various camps in the Coal River Valley. She has been a volunteer of the Richmond Branch of the Red Cross since 1940 and has been President of the branch since 1976. Mary was President of the Southern Regional Council twice and a member of the State Divisional Council for approximately 24 years. Mary’s service to the Red Cross has been recognised through a number of presentations, including the Red Cross Long Service Award to mark 70 years service, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Mayor of Clarence City Council in recognition of her outstanding service and the Distinguished Service Medal in 1999.
Mary’s service to her community has included years of leadership and service to the Richmond Hall and Reserves Committee, the National Trust Ladies’ Committee, the Richmond Agricultural Show, Meals on Wheels and the South East Nursing and Home Care Association.
Mary has also been recognised for her contribution to the Sorell Rotary Club, receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship in 1988 for her contribution to the local community. Her extensive volunteering contribution to her community was recognised in 2001 when the Clarence City Council presented her with a Centenary of Federation Local Hero Award.