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Buckland-Fuller, Dorothy (1922 - )

MBE

Born
21 January 1922
Port Said, Egypt
Occupation
Feminist, Human rights advocate, Migrant community Advocate, Peace activist and Sociologist
Alternative Names
  • Buckland, Dorothy (previous name)
  • Dimitropoulou, Dorothea (maiden name)

Summary

Dorothy Buckland-Fuller is a sociologist and social activist of some longstanding, with a distinguished career in ethnic and multicultural politics, particularly as they impact upon women of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is a peace activist, an environmentalist, a feminist and committed to the cause of reconciliation with indigenous Australia. Of Greek heritage, Buckland-Fuller has had a long involvement with the Greek Community of New South Wales, and her valuable contributions were acknowledged in 2001 when she was granted Life Membership to the Council of the Greek Orthodox Community of Sydney and New South Wales. In 1974, she established the Australian-Migrant Women's Association, an organisation designed to bring together immigrant and Australian-born women. Among other things, she is still actively involved in the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, serving as president in 2002-4. As a sociologist, she taught and conducted action research. Her life has been a case of putting that theory to practice. In her own words, she is an 'action oriented person'.

Details

Dorothy Buckland-Fuller's extensive CV, when read chronologically and with regard to her own memories, is a living history of the development of multicultural policies in Australia. She arrived in Australia in 1961, having lived in England for the previous fourteen years. (Her husband was an engineer working for the British Overseas Air Corporation [BOAC].) She became involved with the Greek Community in Sydney and worked for them in the late 1960s in a part time capcaity as a secretary and Community Development Planner. While working, she studied at the University of New South Wales, completing her BA in 1969, and her MA Qual (the equivalent of Honours) in Sociology in 1972. She then commenced post graduate studies in the newly developing research area, 'The sociology of migration'. While a postgraduate, she worked in the New South Wales Health Department, in schools and Baby Health Centres undertaking research. She also lectured and tutored in various departments at the University of New South Wales. Her research was presented as part of a report entitled Participation to the New South Wales Parliament in 1978, and was regarded as pioneering in its focus on migrant women's issues and needs.

The list of Dorothy's paid and voluntary positions is extensive, as is the list of awards and acknowledgements for her services to the community. The list below is indicative and by no means exhaustive.

Events

1974
Established the Australian-Migrant Women Association in Sydney
1976
Founding Member of the Ethnic Communities Council of New South Wales
1977
Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee Medal - For services to the community
1977
Member of the British Empire (MBE) - For services to the community
1977 - 1978
Multicultural Education Committee - Member
1977 - 1981
Ethnic Affairs Commission of New South Wales - Appointed to the role of part-time Commissioner responsible in the Area of Women
1979
Founding Member of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia
1980 - 1981
Local Industrial board of Inquiry to Investigate Allegations of Graft and Sexual Harassment of Women at the Air Conditioning Depot of the State Rail Authority - The inquiry and subsequent report resulted in radical changes benefiting immigrant women in the workplace
1982
Member of the working party to investigate services to Non-English Speaking Australians in new South Wales hospitals.
1988
Member of the steering committee of the Ethnic Aged Research Project
1989
Founding Member of the Association of Non-English Speaking Background Women
1994
Member of the New South Wales Older Australians Advisory Committee established by the Commonwealth Department of Human Services
2001
Council of the Greek Orthodox Community of Sydney and New South Wales: Life Membership - Acknowledged for her valuable contribution to the Greek orthodox Community of Sydney and New South Wales
2001
Victorian Honour Roll of Women - Acknowledged for her contribtion to Victoria and the Nation, as part of the Centenary of Federation
2002
Greek and Cypriot Women of Australia Award for Excellence
2002
Community Women's Committee Award - Plaque awarded on International Women's Day for contribution to the welfare of women
2002 - 2004
President of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
2006
Greek Community Women's Committee. International Women's Day Celebrations - Honoured for contribution to the community

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Commissioner

  • Ethnic Affairs Commission - New South Wales (1976 - )

    Dorothy Buckland-Fuller was a part-time commissioner on the ethnic affairs commission. She was responsible for issues relating to women, and contributed to the important, 1978 report Participation.

    Date: 1977 - 1981

Presided

Women of Greek Heritage

Related Events

Related Women

  • Mottee, Matina (1931 - )

    Dorothy Buckland-Fuller and Matina Mottee were both activists and contemporaries in the migrant women's network. They were founding members of the Association of Non-English Speaking Background Women.

  • Mulder, Beryl (1941 - )

    Beryl Mulder and Dorothy Buckland-Fuller are contemporaries and have a high regard for the work each has done on behalf women of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. They have both served on the executive of the Federation of Ethnic Communties Councils of Australia.

Archival resources

The Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales Cultural Centre

  • Papers of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales, 1898, http://www.goc.com.au/gocweb/; Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales (1898 - ); The Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales Cultural Centre. Details

Private Hands (contact Australian Women's Archive Project)

  • Papers of Dorothy Buckland-Fuller; Buckland-Fuller, Dorothy (1922 - ); Private Hands (contact Australian Women's Archive Project). Details

Digital resources

Title
Photograph of Dorothy Buckland-Fuller
Type
Image
Date
c. 1985
Creator
Steen, Frederika
Publisher
Allen and Unwin

Details

Nikki Henningham

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