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Roe, Raigh Edith (1922 - 2014)

Dame, DBE, CBE

Born
12 December 1922
Western Australia, Australia
Died
November 2014
Occupation
Community worker
Alternative Names
  • Kurts, Raigh (maiden name, 12 December 1922 - 6 November 1941)

Summary

Raigh Roe was appointed Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 31 December 1979 for services to women. A member of the Country Women's Association since the age of 18, Roe became Branch President, Western Australian State President and National President. In 1977 she was elected World President of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), representing almost nine million women in 74 countries. That year she also was named Australian of the Year.

Details

Events

6 November 1941
Married James Roe, they were to have three sons.
1942 - 1972
Involved in farming
1961 - 1964
International Officer of the Country Women's Association
1967 - 1970
State President of the Country Women's Association of Western Australia (Inc)
1969 - 1971
National President of the Country Women's Association
1972
Honorary Life Member of the Country Women's Association
1974
National Co-ordinator of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) World Conference
1 January 1975
Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire
1977
Australian of the Year
1977 - 1980
World President of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) World Conference
1979
Deputy Chairman of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations of Western Australia
31 December 1979
Appointed Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Sources used to compile this entry: Herd, Margaret (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 2002, 38 edn, Crown Content, Melbourne, 2002, 2020 pp; http://www.nadc.com.au/article.php?articleid=47&categoryid=13 accessed 2002-01-18; Wikipedia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raigh_Roe; West Australian, 8 November 2014.

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Archival resources

JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia

  • Papers 1990 [manuscript], 1990, MN 1668; ACC 5108A; Roe, Raigh Edith (1922 - 2014); JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details

National Library of Australia

  • Interview with Dame Raigh Roe, Past President, Associated Country Women of the World (sound recording), interviewer: Gail O'Hanlon., 1995, ORAL TRC 3410; Roe, Raigh Edith (1922 - 2014); National Library of Australia. Details

Anne Heywood

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