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Rutnam, Romaine (1947 - )

Sri Lanka
Public servant and Trade unionist
Alternative Names
  • Rutnam, Verna Romaine


Romaine Rutnam was born in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in 1947. She immigrated to Australia in 1969, where she has made a significant contribution to Australian public and community life.

Romaine Rutnam enjoyed a career in the public service that extended across three decades and three states and territories, in Sydney, Canberra, Wollongong and Melbourne. She has also been active in the trade union movement on behalf of her public sector colleagues. She contributed to the formation of the Wollongong Workers' Research Centre.

Since establishing a small charitable foundation, The Romaine Rutnam Serendipity Endowment within The Perpetual Foundation Endowment Fund, in 2002, Romaine has been able to assist a variety of organisations. These include Australia21, the Community Environment Network, National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Association (NAISDA)and, most recently, the International Women's Development Agency and the Central Coast Conservatorium - the latter to establish a scholarship for music tuition for an Aboriginal student.

Sources used to compile this entry: Email Correspondence from Romaine Rutnam, 2011-02-01.

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