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Williams, Meta Talbot (1918 - 2010)

OBE

Born
7 July 1918
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died
13 November 2010
Occupation
Community worker

Summary

On 29 June 1985 Meta Williams was appointed to the The Order of the British Empire - Officer (Civil) (OBE) for services to the Girl Guide Movement.

Williams' association with Guiding commenced at the end of 1930 when she became a member of the 1st Cooparoo Company (23rd Brisbane) and was enrolled in early 1931. She went on to hold a variety of positions at local, state and national levels.

In 1984 Williams researched and complied the publication The Continuing Challenge: a history of Queensland Guiding from 1919-84 which was launched by Senator Lady Bjelke-Petersen. This was followed by The Continuing Challenge Part 11 1984-91 in 1992 as well as histories of four former State Commissioners' terms of office.

Williams was also a member of the state executive of the YWCA Queensland, member of the Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship in Queensland and the Pan-Pacific and South-East Asia Women's Association (Queensland).

In March 1981 Meta Williams was honoured in being elected Mother of the Year (Queensland).

Details

Events

7 July 1918
Born: daughter of Hubert Lethbridge and Gladys Elwyn Talbot Deshon
1930 -
Member of the Girl Guides Association of Queensland
1936 - 1944
Guide Leader of the Girl Guides Association of Queensland
11 December 1943
Married: Roderick Guildford Williams and they had one daughter
1961 - 1965
Division Commissioner of the Girl Guides Association of Queensland
1961 - 1990
Member of the State Council of the Girl Guides Association of Queensland
1965 - 1970
State Guide Advisor
1969
Awarded the Red Kangaroo for Guiding
1970 - 1972
State Camping Advisor of the Girl Guides Association of Queensland
1972 - 1973
Region Commissioner of the Girl Guides Association of Queensland
1973 - 1976
State Headquarters Commissioner of the Girl Guides Association of Queensland
1974 - 1975
Australian Policy, Organisation and Rules Co-ordinator of the Girl Guides Association
1976 - 1981
Member of the Australian Executive Girl Guides Association of Australia
1976 - 1981
Chairman of the State Executive of the Girl Guides Association of Queensland
1976 - 1981
State Commissioner of the Girl Guides Association of Queensland
1976 - 1987
Member of the Pan-Pacific and South East Asia Women's Association of Australia Inc Queensland Branch
1980 - 1991
Member of the YWCA Queensland
1981
Queensland Mother of the Year
1981 - 1986
State Treasurer of the YWCA Queensland
1981 - 1986
Vice-President of the State Council of the Girl Guides Association of Queensland
1981 - 1991
Member of United Nations Queensland Branch
1982 - 1985
Honorary Treasurer of the Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship in Queensland
1987 - 1992
Assistant State Archivist of the Girl Guides Association of Queensland

Sources used to compile this entry: http://www.guidesqld.org/history/williams.htm accessed 29042003 and Who's Who in Australia 2002, p. 1968; Brisbane Courier Mail, 16 November 2010; e-mail from Jill Hogrefe, Archivist for Qld Girl Guides, 10 May 2016 [2017-03-31].

Anne Heywood

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