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Joyce (Sue) Dulfer-Hyams

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Sue Dulfer-Hyams

Awarded for service to Human Rights

Born: 1913

Died: 1913

Entered on roll: 2005


Joyce Dulfer-Hyams was born in Hobart and educated at St Michael’s Collegiate College. She attended university for two years, studying English and Drama. She married and had one son.

After leaving school Sue set up her own studio teaching speech and drama. She was a member of the Repertory Society and enjoyed acting. During the war, she was secretary to a US Army Intelligence officer based in Sydney.

Following her marriage in Hobart in about 1945, Sue moved to Launceston. She produced six half-hour radio documentaries on the activities of United Nations agencies. After moving to Hobart, Sue began a career in public relations becoming the first woman PR specialist to operate in Tasmania. She was the producer of This Week in Tasmania for many years. She was made a Life Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

Sue was a founding member of the Tasmanian Branch of the United Nations Association in 1945. She was the first woman President of the association and her strong support throughout the years was recognised with her being made a Life Member and receiving the United Nations Day Award in 2001. In her last years, she recorded an oral history of her recollections of the association, providing a valuable record of its activities since inception.

Sue joined the National Council of Women of Tasmania (NCWT) in 1970. She served several terms as convenor on areas of special interest to her – the mass media, law and suffrage and the arts. She served as President for three years (1981-84) and Vice President for six years. Sue’s service to the NCWT was recognised when she was made a Life Member in 1984.

Sue was an active member of the Friends of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, serving as an Executive Member for eight years. She had wide ranging community interests as a member of the Australia-China Friendship Society; the Ionian Club of Launceston; the Hamilton Literary Society; and the Lower Sandy Bay Probus Club. Sue made an extensive contribution to the restoration of the Female Factory Site in South Hobart, through her research and other volunteer efforts.

Sue died in Hobart in 2003.

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