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Born: 2 July 1940
Entered on roll: 2009
Diana Hodgetts was born in Bristol, United Kingdom, on 2 July 1940. She migrated to Australia in 1968. Diana and her late husband Darrel had two children, both of whom are deaf.
Diana, who is profoundly deaf, has been a committed worker and tireless volunteer for the Tasmanian Deaf Society, the Deaf community, the Department of Education, Adult Education and any organisation needing input from a Deaf community perspective. Her paid employment was part-time but her commitment, energy and passion has been full-time for over 30 years.
A founding member of the Deaf Society, Diana began working part-time for the Society in 1987 after the Blind and Deaf Institute separated to form two organisations. An inaugural Board member, Diana gave her time generously to see the Deaf Society develop from a new organisation to its present form. She has diligently kept the history of the Society by voluntarily finding, collecting and collating photographs, articles and items of interest, which are now in the Deaf Society library.
Diana has taught Auslan and Deaf culture to new staff members of the Deaf Society, as well as running classes through Adult Education. She taught Deaf Studies to deaf students in schools and was involved in interpreter training and deafness awareness training for a range of service providers.
Diana’s representation of the Deaf community has been extensive. As well as being a committee member for a variety of deaf forums and committees, Diana has also been a member of the Deaf Signing Choir, a member of the organising committee for the Australian Deaf Games held in Tasmania in 1991, a committee member for the National Deafness Conference, held in Tasmania in 1996, and has organised many social events and festivals for the Deaf community.