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Davey, Margaret Lurline (1915 - 2010)

CBE, MBE

Born
6 November 1915
Laura, South Australia, Australia
Died
8 March 2010
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Biology Teacher, Community worker, Women's rights activist and Women's rights organiser

Summary

Margaret Lurline Davey's long standing service and commitment to community work and especially to women's organisations, was first recognised in 1963 when she was appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). Almost twenty years later in 1981 her efforts were again recognised when she was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

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Margaret Davey was born not long after the outbreak of World War I, a fourth generation South Australian with ancestral and cultural links to England and Ireland. She was educated at Girton School, the University of Adelaide and the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music.

Margaret always immersed herself in community work and in particular became very involved with the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). Her fund-raising activities eventually led to her becoming president of the YWCA in Adelaide. Margaret was involved in the establishment of the YWCA in New Guinea and also investigated the possibility of setting up YWCA hostels in America and Canada. It was through her work with the YWCA that Margaret first became involved with the National Council of Women of Australia (NCWA).

In the early 1990s Margaret worked to establish a fund that would assist women to participate in the activities of the NCWA, and the International Council of Women (ICW), which operates in ninety-five countries around the world. 'The Margaret Davey Fund' was set up with an original donation of $5000 from Margaret and continues to be augmented by the donations of others. It assists members in attending major conferences, seminars and international symposiums thus lifting the profile of NCWA as an organisation representative of mainstream Australian women. Margaret was President of NCWA from 1976-1979 and was involved in setting up its headquarters in Canberra.

During her life Margaret has given generously of her time to women's organisations like YWCA and NCWA, as well as the Methodist Church, the Good Neighbour Council and the Julia Farr Centre. Her service to women's organisations and community work was recognised in 1963 when she was appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), awarded the Queens Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, and appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1981.

Events

1960 -
Presided - Women's United Churches Association
1961 - 1966
Presided - Methodist Women of South Australia

Sources used to compile this entry: Lofthouse, Andrea (ed.), Who's Who of Australian Women, Methuen Australia, North Ryde (NSW), 1982, 504 pp.

Related entries

Archival resources

Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University

  • Margaret Davey; Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University. Details

National Archives of Australia, National Office

  • Miss Margaret Davey - Honour, 1962, 1962/5681; National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • NCWA Papers 1984 - 2006, 1984 - 2006, MS07/096; NCWA Board Minute Books 1997 - 2000; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Records of the National Council of Women of Australia, 1924-1990 [manuscript], 1924 - 1990, MS7583; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Margaret Davey interviewed by Amy McGrath [sound recording], 02/05/1980, ORAL TRC 783; Davey, Margaret Lurline (1915 - 2010); National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Digital resources

Title
Margaret Davey
Type
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Date
2010
Source
National Council of Women of South Australia

Details

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