- 2 March 1927
Ashbury, New South Wales, Australia
- 17 December 2013
- Servicewoman and Community worker
- Alternative Names
- Griffith, Grace (maiden name)
A member of the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) during World War II, Grace Griffith enlisted on 6 March 1945 and was discharged on 28 October 1946.
Serving as a writer on HMAS Penguin, Kuttabul and Torrens, her training included activities that she may not have participated in had she remained in 'civvy' street.
After being 'demobbed' some veterans were given scholarships to university and Teachers College, and Griffith was given one to the Conservatorium of Music. She achieved the position of being a Piano soloist with the Conservatorium's orchestra.
In 1950 Grace Griffith and Ernest McDonald married, they had four children including twins and now have nine grandchildren. During this time she returned to Netball as a player - a sport she had competed in while single. In 1966 McDonald was asked to be state secretary of the netball association. She held this position at a time when she was also state selector and state delegate. Later when the Randwick Netball Association was starting she was asked to be president, a position that McDonald held for 27 years before retiring in 1997. Over this period the Association had the largest contingent of Australian players from any one Association in Australia.
During her time as president McDonald was given a Community Service Award in 1986 and in 1997 a Civic Reception and a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition for years of service as president of Randwick Netball Association and to sport in the City of Randwick.
Grace McDonald was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on 26 January 1996 for her services to netball. On 26 July 2000 she was awarded the Australian Sports Medal.
In 2002 Grace McDonald became secretary of the Council of Ex-Servicewomen's Associations New South Wales(NSW) and she represented the Association on the working group for the "Women in War Project."