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Awarded for service to the Community, service to Cultural Heritage
Entered on roll: 2006
Dr Marion Myhill was born in Hobart and grew up in Tasmania. She was educated at The Friends’ School and has been awarded a number of university degrees including a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Tasmania, a Masters of Science from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Western Australia. Marion has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is married with two daughters.
Marion has been active in many voluntary organisations, but one of her most significant contributions to the Tasmanian community has been her voluntary work with the National Trust of Australia (Tasmania). In 2000, Marion was the first woman to become State President of the Trust in its 40-year history, a position she held until 2003. Her role as President came at a very challenging time for the Trust as it was facing a number of serious financial and governance issues.
Marion initiated changes designed to provide the Trust with the firm voice, sound financial basis and good governance structure needed to take it strongly into the future. She also helped raise the status of the Trust, and heritage issues in general in the broader Tasmanian community through alliances with other professional and volunteer groups. She continues her commitment through the National Trust Government Advisory Council.
Marion has a history of involvement with equity issues for women, particularly in higher education. She has been the President of the Northern Tasmanian branch of the Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW) and national education convenor of the AFUW. She was a member of the national council and a delegate representing AFUW (in the Australian Government delegation) to the UNESCO Higher Education Conference in Paris in 1998.
She was a member of the University of Tasmania’s Equal Opportunity Committee for many years and has been involved with many mentoring activities as a ‘senior woman’ at the University.
Marion is currently the Chair of the Board of the Launceston Church Grammar School (the first female to hold this position) and has been a board member since 1998.