Sybil Irving's friends and colleagues felt that her great contribution to the community, through her concern for the happiness and welfare of others, should not be forgotten.
A National Memorial Committee was formed to appeal for subscriptions. This brought response from all states and overseas.
A chain of memorials around Australia was planned - one in each capital city. The culmination was the unveiling, by Her Excellency Lady Cowen, of the memorial in Commonwealth Gardens, Canberra on 11 March 1979.
The Sybil Irving Memorial Fund Committee
Miss May Douglas, OBE - Girl Guides, AWAS, AAMWS
Miss Mabel Cooper, MBE - Girl Guides
Miss Maureen White - Australian Red Cross Society
Miss J Strahan - Council on the Ageing
Miss Jean Wood, OBE - Girl Guides, AWAS
Miss P Adam-Smith - AWAS
Miss R M Alsop - Australian Red Cross Society
Colonel K M Fowler - WRAAC
Miss A McArthur Campbell - Girl Guides, Crippled Childrens' Assn, Army
Miss D Madden - AWAS
Miss M S Williamson - AAMWS, WRAAC
Mr A Wimpole - (Legal Advisor) Army
Miss Dorothea Skov - AWAS
Miss O J Michelmore - AWAS
Mrs Sefton Taylor - Girl Guides, Red Cross
Mrs B Clinton - AWAS, Red Cross
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Australian Women's Register