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Awarded for service to the Community, service to Human Rights
Entered on roll: 2005
Born in Queenstown, Betty Grey was educated in Hobart and gained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania in 1944 while concurrently completing her teacher training at the Phillip Smith Training College. She taught at Huonville and Smithton High Schools, before becoming Senior Mistress at the Launceston Matriculation College and Vice Principal at Alanvale College. She married in 1947 and had two children, a son and a daughter.
Betty’s professional career and voluntary involvement have been characterised by her commitment to human rights and to promoting the status of women, education and equal opportunity.
A Life Member and former Vice-President, of the Tasmanian Teacher’s Federation, Betty was active in lobbying for a Status of Women Committee and became the convenor and representative on the national body. The committee was formed to support and enhance the position of women teachers in both their professional and union participation. Betty continued to contribute to educational life through her executive membership of the Retired Teacher’s Association, and as a Life Member of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Federation of University Women.
Betty is a Life Member of the Australian Labor Party, Secretary of the ALP Sisterhood and a member of Emily’s List. She is a Charter Member of Zonta International (Launceston) and represents Zonta on the National Council of Women. Betty is a member of the National Foundation for Australian Women, Amnesty International, and the Friends of the ABC. Betty has also been active in her local community as a member of Theatre North and a former member of the Women’s Health Network (Launceston), Adult Education (Northern Group), and the Tasmanian Women’s Consultative Committee.
In 1998, Betty was presented with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in recognition of her services to education and the status of women.