AN honour roll of Influential Women of the Derwent Valley has been established by the Derwent Valley International Women’s Day Group. The inaugural list was announced at yesterday’s International Women’s Day breakfast at the Lions Club of New Norfolk.
Announcing the inaugural list of more than 80 names, Julie Triffett said the organisers acknowledged all women of the Derwent Valley, “from the women who moved their family to the hopgrounds and smallfruit farms to earn money for books and uniforms to send their children to school; the gardeners who grew the food for their families; and those women who nurtured good citizens; to the women who served in the land army in Tasmania, who were employed at the Peg Factory, Willow Court, Cottage Hospital, or as sales assistants, teachers and administrative staff,” Mrs Trifffett said.
“Some names you will recognise, others maybe not, some you might agree with, others not,” she said. “This list has been compiled by consideration of each woman’s contribution to the community and the world, rather on the basis of popularity. These are all women who were born in or lived in the Derwent Valley and have influenced people and communities in our Valley, Australia or internationally. They may have excelled in community service. standing for and with our families, organisations and communities. They may have influenced the hearts and minds of our children through teaching and working in our schools. They may have operated businesses that contributed to the Valley’s economy. They may have served our country in the darkest of times. They may have nurtured and cared for others in times of illness.
“There are so many ways that women have influenced life in the Derwent Valley both in the past and now. This list is the beginning of recognising the achievements of women in the Derwent Valley. It was not possible to list all of each woman’s achievements as there are many facets to every woman. The list is open-ended and if you feel that someone has been omitted, and you want them to be included, or you want your name to be deleted, please contact a Derwent Valley International Women’s Day group member. The list will be reviewed and expanded prior to International Women’s Day each year. There are tentative plans for an e-book in the future. Obviously, much research will have to be done, and permissions sought, to do justice to the women listed,” Mrs Triffett said.
INAUGURAL ROLL OF INFLUENTIAL WOMEN OF THE DERWENT VALLEY
Sarah Anson: New Norfolk businesswoman, licensee of the Derwent Hotel from 1840-41.
Betty Beament: Leader, Girl Guides; advocate and volunteer for Molesworth Community Hall.
Jewel Beresford: Gemmologist, instrumental nationally in the training of gemmologists.
Meg Bignell: Author, Welcome to Nowhere River, The Angry Womens’ Choir and The Sparkle Pages
Mary Binks: Former Mayor of Devonport, National Council of Women.
Ruth Binny: Educator, local historian, Derwent Valley Historical Information Centre
Margaret Bird OAM: Educator; advocate for women’s rights through Zonta International; Tasmanian Council for the Ageing.
Anne Bridger: New Norfolk businesswoman, first licensee of the Bush Inn Hotel, 1825.
Judy Bromfield OAM: Educator and long-serving New Norfolk/Derwent Valley Councillor.
Jackie Brown: Educator, 1995 Rural Woman of the Year
Zelda Browning: Teacher assistant for 40 years at Westerway Primary School.
Anne Burns: Volunteer and president of the New Norfolk Junior Football Club.
Mona Cannan: Educator, local historian.
Fiona Cardwell: Businesswoman, former Lions Club of New Norfolk President, long term volunteer.
Sandra Carmichael: First female president, Lions Club of New Norfolk; Director of Nursing at Corumbene Care.
Dorothy Cawthorn: New Norfolk businesswoman 1960s-70s,
Sally Coleman: President, New Norfolk District Football Club.
Gwen Cooper: Director of Nursing at the New Norfolk District Hospital.
Jessica Cosgrove: First female deputy mayor and acting mayor, Derwent Valley Council.
Di Cowburn: Educator and local historian.
Rita Cox: Local Historian and author.
Naree Crane: Director of Nursing at Corumbene Care.
Hilary Craw: New Norfolk businesswoman; Derwent Valley councillor; local historian.
Geraldine Davis OAM: Nurse, sporting shooter and community worker.
Severine Demanet: New Norfolk businesswoman, co-owner of award-winning restaurant.
Liz Derksen: New Norfolk businesswoman.
Sister Nora Donnelly: Catholic Sister at St Brigid’s Catholic School and St Peter’s Catholic Church.
Gwen Doolan: Nursing Administrator, Royal Derwent Hospital.
Michelle Dracoulis: First female mayor of the Derwent Valley Council.
Patsy Duggan: Educator, St Brigid’s Catholic School
Dana Faletic: 2004 and 2012 Olympian, rowing; women’s advocate.
Sue Farley: Educator and community volunteer; Vinnies; Derwent Valley Rotary Club.
Dr Karla Fenton OAM: Psychiatrist who completed 61 years in medical practice before retiring in June 2016.
Kathy Foster: Educator and 1984 Olympian (basketball).
Sheila Fuller: Night Supervisor at Royal Derwent Hospital.
Dulcie Fyle OAM: Businesswoman, florist; fundraiser for children with disabilities.
Marg Gaby: First female president of the New Norfolk District Football Club
Nellie Gilbert: Educator at Moogara, Lachlan and New Norfolk State Schools
Pat Gillhesphey: Community volunteer; Treasurer, Maydena Community Association.
Ngaire Glover: Justice of the Peace, joint initiator of the Derwent Valley Online Access Centre and long-term volunteer.
Mavis Godfrey: Australian Olympic Support team in the 1960s.
Betty Godfrey: First editor of the Derwent Gazette (1953) and the Derwent Valley and Moonah News (1954).
Mollie Goss: New Norfolk businesswoman
Pat Green: Educator, St Brigid’s Catholic School.
Rosina Hall: Owner of the Plaza Cinema, New Norfolk.
Celia Hooker: Nurse, Minister with the Anglican Church.
Kerry Hore: National and world rowing champion and first female rower to compete at four Olympic Games.
Betty Howell: Editor of the Derwent Valley Gazette from 1954-69.
Nora Johnson: Nursing Administrator, Royal Derwent Hospital.
Wilhelmina Jeffery: Artist (late 1800s) specialising in Tasmanian ornithology and flora.
Kerry Kievit: President, Lions Club of New Norfolk, Derwent Valley Council co–citizen of the year 2022.
Betty King: First white woman to set foot in Australia (1788), and last surviving female from the First Fleet (died 1856)
Muriel Knight: Speech Pathologist at Royal Derwent Hospital.
Rebecca Lynd: 2017 Rural Woman of the Year; Businesswoman, Three Valleys Food.
Margaret McMaster: Long-serving member of Corumbene Care/New Norfolk Hospital auxiliaries.
Kaye Menzie: Justice of the Peace; Co-ordinator of Visitor Information Centre.
Bridget Mulligan: New Norfolk businesswoman in the 1850s.
Sister Jane Murphy: Matron at New Norfolk District Hospital
Grace Pearcey: Long-term volunteer, Lions Club of New Norfolk, Ladies Auxilliary.
Belle Pearson: Educator; joint founder of Derwent Valley Concert Band.
Eileen Pegler: Matron, Royal Derwent Hospital, World War II veteran.
Lyn Plunkett: Minister with the Anglican Church
Stella Potter: New Norfolk businesswoman, children’s wear, 1970s; Volunteer with Zonta Interational.
Rachel Power: Derwent Valley tourism businesswoman.
June Purkiss: Nursing administrator, Royal Derwent Hospital; New Norfolk Concert Band librarian.
Edna “Gillem” Reid: Artist; Adult Education lecturer; mural painter; member of the Derwent Valley Regional Arts.
Dorothy Robinson OAM: First female Councillor with the then New Norfolk Council; businesswoman, florist; local historian and author.
Nicky Rouleston: New Norfolk businesswoman and mentor.
Anne Salt: Educator, and community volunteer recognized for her work with 26Ten.
Judith Sweet: Author; columnist; television cook; convenor of Slow Food Tasmania.
Brenda Triffitt: Educator; gardener; community volunteer.
Jacqui Triffitt: Psychologist, sportsperson, author of On the Front Foot: The Rise of Tasmanian Women’s Cricket
Toni Tucker: Advocate, Share the Dignity representative in the Derwent Valley.
Sue Urbanc: Artist; social worker; member of Derwent Valley Regional Arts.
Carol Volant: Nurse; Matron at Corumbene; first Co-ordinator of Children’s Services in the Derwent Valley; long-time volunteer.
Thelma Vollprecht OAM: Nurse and fundraiser for children with disabilities.
Caroline Walker: First female general manager of the New Norfolk District Football Club.
Professor Kate Warner AC: University law professor; first female Governor of Tasmania.
Fiona Weaver: Derwent Valley tourism businesswoman.
Jacky Whitehead: Former Derwent Valley Councillor; Norfolk and Norwich World Family representative.
Lola Wilton: Long-term volunteer, Lions Club of New Norfolk Ladies Auxilliary.
Sally Wise OAM: 2019 Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year; author and cook.
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