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Olive Rosalie Hine AM

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Olive Rosalie Hine AM

Awarded for service to the Community

Born: 9 September 1911 Died: 1 July 2007

Entered on roll: 2013


A pioneering spirit led to a varied and fulfilling life.

Olive 'Rosalie' Hine (nee Heathorn), born 9 September 1911, at Mella, had a pioneering spirit.

After graduating from the Philip Smith Teaching College, in Hobart, she was appointed as the teacher at Christmas Hills; a one-room, one-teacher school.

In 1936, Rosalie and husband, Tom, lost all their possessions in a house fire and lived in a one-room hut until the new home was built at Britton's Swamp in 1937.

From humble beginnings, Rosalie and Tom raised nine children. Rosalie considered family her proudest and greatest achievement.

Rosalie was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the Country Women's Association (CWA) and community in 1976. The CWA made her a Life Member in 1987 for her active involvement, which included State President, and helping to organise the 17th Triennial Conference of the Associated Country Women of the World in Perth, Western Australia, in 1971.  Her role with the South Pacific Conference, in New Zealand, saw her invited to join the Metro Conversion Board in the cookery section and travel to meetings in Sydney.  

Her community involvement also included membership of the ABC Advisory Council, helping to renovate and organise events at Mella Hall, and involvement in the Junior Farmers' movement. Rosalie and Tom were the only couple to be awarded combined Life Membership of the Smithton Primary and High School committees.

After Tom died in an industrial accident at the Circular Head Dolomite plant in 1973, Rosalie later became a Director of the company.  She was also a board member of Summit Industries sheltered workshop; Chairman of the Emu Bay Chorale and Drama Group, member of the Hellyer CWA choir, and Association of Independent Retirees.

In 1988 Rosalie received the Wynyard Municipality Australia Day Citizen Award.  In 2005, the Liberal Party awarded Rosalie the Braddon Shield for outstanding service to the electorate.

Rosalie passed away on 1 July 2007.

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