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Awarded for service to the Community
Entered on roll: 2005
She would always respond to the calls for help from women in crisis, often putting her own safety in danger to ensure she removed women and children from violent situations. (Julie Orr and Vivien Patterson).
Lynne Morffew was born in Melbourne, returning to Stanley, in Tasmania, with her family at the age of two. After her father was lost at sea in 1958, the family moved to Ulverstone to be with relatives. Lynne attended West Ulverstone Primary and Ulverstone High School. She married in 1973 and had three sons.
When Lynne left school in 1971, she moved to Brisbane and worked at the Weirrilda Children’s Home for Babies. The next year, she moved to Hobart and commenced work at the Bethany Children’s Home in Lindisfarne. From 1989 until 2004, she was self employed as a dressmaker and cake decorator in her small business at Bellerive.
In 1995, Lynne began volunteer work for Bethany Family Homes, assisting women with children coming out of domestic violence situations. She was employed as a field worker in 1996 at Bethany Family Ministry working with families in crisis. She was a passionate believer in the rights of others to live their lives free from violence. She made huge personal sacrifices, giving her time and energy to hundreds of women and children over the course of her life, often outside her normal working hours.
She completed many vocational courses to improve her skills and knowledge and better equip her for the work she undertook. In 1996, Lynne commenced part-time studies towards a Bachelor of Arts and intended to complete an Advanced Diploma in Social Work, but was unable to do so because she was diagnosed with cancer in 2001. After treatment, she returned to work but the cancer reappeared and she died in 2004.
Lynne was a respected and inspirational role model to many young women, and many former clients attended her funeral.