Beaurepaire, Beryl Edith (1923-)

Field of activity
Feminist, Women's rights activist, Community worker and Patron
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http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-768059

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Following the birth of her children, Beryl Beaurepaire became involved with charity work and the women's organisations of the Liberal Party. She summarises her liberal feminist views as follows: 'If you're a feminist you believe in equal opportunities and rights for women, but you also believe that women accept equal responsibilities.' (As cited by Emma Grahame in Australian Feminism: A Companion, OUP, 1998)

Beryl Edith Bedggood completed her schooling at Fintona Girl's School in Balwyn, Victoria, before becoming a meteorological officer with the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force in 1942. After marrying Ian Francis Beaurepaire in 1946 she became involved in the community and charity work of Melbourne's society women. During the 1970s she was chairman of the Federal Women's Committee (1974-1976), and later convenor of the first National Women's Advisory Council (1978-1982) as well as being vice-president of the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party from 1976 to 1986.

Beaurepaire was a member of the Australian Children's Television Foundation Board (1982-1988), the Board of Victoria's 150th Authority (1982-1987), and a member of the Australian Bi-centennial Multicultural Foundation (1989-1992). From 1985 to 1993 she was chairman of the Australian War Memorial Council and then chairman of the Australian War Memorial Fund Raising Committee (1993).

She is Patron to a number of community organisations including: Children First Foundation since 2000, Peninsula Hospice Service since 1999, Palliative Care (Vic.) since 1999, Victorian College of the Arts since 1999, Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria since 1999, Australia Against Child Abuse since 1999, Peninsula Health Care Network Foundation since 1996 and the Portsea Children's Camp since 1996.

  • 1942 - 1945 Served with the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force
  • 1945 Commissioned Assistant Section Officer
  • 1946 Married Ian Francis Beaurepaire
  • 1969 - 1977 Member of the National Executive, YWCA Australia
  • 1970 - 1986 Vice-President of the Citizens Welfare Service Victoria
  • 1973 - 1976 Chairman of the Victorian Liberal Party Women's Section
  • 1973 - 1987 Chairman of the Board of Management of Fintona Girls School
  • 1974 - 1976 Chairman of the Federal Liberal Party Women's Committee
  • 14 June 1975 Appointed, Member of the British Empire (MBE)
  • 1976 - 1986 Vice-President of the Victorian Division Liberal Party
  • 1977 Member of the Federal Women's Advisory Committee Working Party
  • 1977 Awarded Silver Jubilee Medal
  • 1978 - 1982 Convenor of the National Women's Advisory Council
  • 31 December 1980 The Order of the British Empire - Dames Commander (DBE)
  • 1982 - 1987 Board member of the Victorian 150th Authority
  • 1982 - 1988 Board member of the Australian Children's Television Foundation Board
  • 1982 - 1993 Member of the Australian War Memorial Council
  • 1985 - 1993 Chairman of the Australian War Memorial Council
  • 1988 - 1990 President of the Victorian Association of Most Excellent OBE
  • 1989 - 1992 Member of the Australian Bi-centennial Multicultural Foundation
  • 10 June 1991 Companion Order of Australia (AC)
  • 1993 - 1996 Chairman of the Australian War Memorial Fund Raising Committee
  • 1996 Patron of the Peninsula Health Care Network Foundation
  • 1996 Patron of the Portsea Children's Camp
  • 1999 Patron of the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria Incorporated
  • 1999 Patron of the Peninsula Hospice Service
  • 1999 Patron of the Victorian College of the Arts
  • 1999 Patron of the Australian's Against Child Abuse
  • 1999 Patron of the Palliative Care (Vic.)
  • 2000 Patron of the Children First Foundation

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Australian Feminism: A Companion
    Caine, Barbara
    [1998]
    Published: Oxford University Press
  2. Who's who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    [2002]
    Published: Crown Content
  3. Beryl Beaurepaire
    McKernan, Michael
    [1999]
    Published: University of Queensland Press
  4. BEAUREPAIRE, BERYL EDITHWorld War 2 Nominal Roll Department of Veterans' Affairs : BEAUREPAIRE, BERYL EDITH
    Department of Veterans' Affairs
    [2002]
    Series: http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/script/veteran.asp?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=1069542
  5. Women & Politics in South Australia
    Cadden, Rosemary
    Series: http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/women_and_politics/index.html
  6. Who's who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    [2002]
    Published: Crown Content
  7. Australian Women's Honour Roll B
    CAPOW
    Series: http://www.capow.org.au/Honourroll/honourroll-b.htm
  8. Getting Equal: The History of Australian Feminism
    Lake, Marilyn
    [1999]
    Published: Allen & Unwin
  9. Australian Feminism: A Companion
    Caine, Barbara
    [1998]
    Published: Oxford University Press
  10. A decade of Mary Owen dinners
    Waterfield, Dorothy
    [1995]
    Published: Mary Owen Dinner Committee
  11. So Many Firsts: Liberal Women from Enid Lyons to the Turnbull Era
    Fitzherbert, Margaret
    [2009]
    Published: The Federation Press
  12. The Alexandra Club : A Narrative 1903-1983
    Starke, Monica
    [1986]
    Published: Alexandra Club
  13. The WAAAF in Wartime Australia
    Thomson, Joyce A
    [1992]
    Published: Melbourne University Press
  14. War veterans honouredBayside Leader 5 : War veterans honoured
    [2001]
  15. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
    Series: http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/honours/honours.html
  16. The matriarchs: twelve Australian women talk about their lives to Susan Mitchell.
    Mitchell, Susan
    [1987]
    Published: Penguin Books
  17. National Archives of Australia, National Office: Beaurepaire, Beryl Edith (1939 - 1948)
    BEAUREPAIRE BERYL EDITH : Service Number - 90770 : Date of birth - 24 Sep 1923 : Place of birth - CAMBERWELL VIC : Place of enlistment - MELBOURNE : Next of Kin - BEDGGOOD EDWARD
    2002/05090863
  18. National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection: Australian Bicentennial Authority - Heritage 200 entries (1988)
    Heritage 200 was a project established by the Australian Bicentennial Authority to identify and honour the 200 people who have made "the greatest positive contribution to making Australia what it is today". It developed as a sister project to 200 Unsung Heroes and Heroines. A committee chaired by Dame Beryl Beaurepaire and Mr Alan Coates was set up to select the Heritage 200. Selections were restricted to those whose major contribution had been made before 1970. Submissions were received from 250 individuals and 350 organisations.
    MS 7495

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