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Betty Mayhead

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Betty Mayhead

Awarded for service to the Community

Born: 8 November 1924 Died: 16 August 2010

Entered on roll: 2013


…always involved and active within her community.

Betty Mayhead (nee Corrick) was born in Launceston on 8 November 1924. She married Geoffrey Mayhead after the end of World War II and they had three children; Jan, Gillian and Ian.

Betty was always involved and active within her community. Betty became a Life Member of the East Launceston Primary School Mothers' Club, the Scotch College Ladies Committee and the Penguin Club. She was also an active member of the Chalmers Presbyterian Church, until it closed. Betty then joined the congregation of the Uniting Church in Launceston, where she held a variety of positions in the Guild and in women's organisations.

It was the 65 years of service to the Girl Guides' Association that Betty will be best remembered, where she served the youth of Launceston and surrounding country areas in Northern Tasmania. Betty held many senior positions with the Girl Guides including Lieutenant and Captain of the 9th Launceston Unit. She rose to become District Commissioner and then the ninth Commissioner of the North Eastern Region.

In 1944, Betty was employed by the Commercial Bank of Australia. Her financial knowledge made her an invaluable member of the Girl Guides' State Executive where she played a key role as State Fundraising Coordinator developing innovative fundraising initiatives.

Betty's commitment to the community was also demonstrated when she and Joan Whelan managed the Margaret McIntyre House in Launceston. This home offered country girls a place to board when coming to Launceston to attend Matriculation College or Technical College.

Betty received the Emu Award from the Girl Guide Association and the Australia Day Citizens Award (1998) for her outstanding service to Guiding in Tasmania.

Betty passed away on 16 August 2010.

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