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Faith Layton AM

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Faith Layton

Awarded for service to the Community, service to Education and Training

Born: 1925

Entered on roll: 2006


Faith Layton was born in Launceston in 1925. She was educated at Broadland House Girls’ School before graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts. She taught in many schools in northern Tasmania.

After the birth of her two children, Faith became head of the Social Science Department and Deputy Headmistress at Broadland House Girls’ School for a number of years, where she had a strong influence in girls’ education.

As President of the Broadland House Old Girls’ Association, and at their request, Faith was the main author of a book on the history of Broadland House School, An Establishment for Young Ladies.

Faith has been an active member of the Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW) and was the first Tasmanian national President from 1989-91. In 1989, she led an AFUW delegation of 56 members to the International Federation of University Women’s Conference in Helsinki. The 28th national AFUW conference was held in Tasmania during her term of office and Faith’s influence ensured an international contingent attended this important event.

Faith was a member of the National Council of Women in Launceston for many years and President from 1992-95. In 1995 she co-founded and was Chairperson of the Support Group for Women Entering Local Government. Faith was a member of the Tasmanian Women’s Consultative Council for many years and its northern convenor from 1995-2000.

Faith has served on, and was President of, the Association of Independent Retirees North Tasmanian Branch. In 2002 she chaired a committee that organised a Grandparents of the Year project that drew 909 entries from northern primary school children.

From 2001-04 Faith was Chairperson of the Order of Australia Association (Tasmania, northern branch). During her time with the Association, Faith made history by deciding a major fundraising activity was needed. The Order of Australia Foundation was established to sponsor talented young Australians who had proved to be outstanding in their chosen field and who needed assistance to continue their tertiary education. This was the first region in Australia to raise a four-figure sum for the Foundation.

In 1993, Faith was made a member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for services to women and education.

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