- 5 September 1919
- 4 October 1998
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
- Library Assistant, Philanthropist and Refugee
- Alternative Names
- Kärema, Salme (Maiden)
Salme Koobakene was born in rural Estonia and undertook tertiary studies at the University of Tartu. It is likely that the second Soviet invasion of her homeland ended the possibility of her graduating, when she joined tens of thousands fleeing. She reached what became the American zone of Germany and was selected by the Australia Government to be in the first party of refugees to be resettled from Germany. The bulk of her working life was spent at the Menzies Library of the Australian National University. In her estate, she left an endowment to the National Gallery of Australia and another to the Country Women's Association for annual grants to high school students and young carers in the Canberra-Monaro region.