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Entered on roll: 2005
There are special people in the world that bring compassion, enthusiasm, commitment, friendship and generosity into the lives of others – Jill was one of these people. (Kate Kent)
Jill Coleman was born in Burnie, the eldest of three children. She excelled at school and also had a special talent for music and sport. She became the school pianist while a student at Burnie High School, composing the Burnie School song. She was Head Prefect and sports captain.
Jill married in 1959 and had four children, three sons and a daughter. She was heavily involved in community and social activities in Burnie while working as a music teacher. She contributed for several decades to the advancement of Tasmanian women’s hockey, as a player, umpire and administrator with the Tasmanian Women’s Hockey Association.
Jill moved to Hobart with her husband and continued her community activities. She was a long time member of organisations such as the National Council of Women, Business and Professional Women (BPW), Council of the Ageing and the Working Women’s Centre. Jill was also involved in the Friends of the Museum; Friends of the TSO; University of the Third Age; Musica Viva; Victoria League; the Burnie Surf Club Ladies Auxiliary; Tasmanian Music Teacher's Association; a church member and organist at Holy Trinity; and a volunteer at Aurora Disability Services. Jill was a member of the governance benchmarking committee for Tasmania Together, again contributing in a positive way to the future of the State.
One of Jill’s many contributions to Hobart BPW was establishing a scholarship at the University of Tasmania for a female student in a non-traditional field of learning. Hobart BPW recently decided to name this the Jill Coleman Memorial Scholarship in recognition of her endeavours.
Jill continued giving to her community after her untimely death, as she was an organ donor whose foresight and courage has enhanced the lives of her organ recipients.