Beaurepaire, Beryl Edith, (Dame, AC, DBE) (1923-)

Also known as
Bedggood, Beryl Edith (1923-)
Field of activity
Feminist; Women's rights activist; Community worker; Patron
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-768059

Biographies

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 , 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.

  • Served with the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force
  • Commissioned Assistant Section Officer
  • Married Ian Francis Beaurepaire
  • Member of the National Executive, YWCA Australia
  • Vice-President of the Citizens Welfare Service Victoria
  • Chairman of the Victorian Liberal Party Women's Section
  • Chairman of the Board of Management of Fintona Girls School
  • Chairman of the Federal Liberal Party Women's Committee
  • Appointed, Member of the British Empire (MBE)
  • Vice-President of the Victorian Division Liberal Party
  • Member of the Federal Women's Advisory Committee Working Party
  • Awarded Silver Jubilee Medal
  • Convenor of the National Women's Advisory Council
  • The Order of the British Empire - Dames Commander (DBE)
  • Board member of the Victorian 150th Authority
  • Board member of the Australian Children's Television Foundation Board
  • Member of the Australian War Memorial Council
  • Chairman of the Australian War Memorial Council
  • President of the Victorian Association of Most Excellent OBE
  • Member of the Australian Bi-centennial Multicultural Foundation
  • Companion Order of Australia (AC)
  • Chairman of the Australian War Memorial Fund Raising Committee
  • Patron of the Peninsula Health Care Network Foundation
  • Patron of the Portsea Children's Camp
  • Patron of the Victorian College of the Arts
  • Patron of the Palliative Care (Vic.)
  • Patron of the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria Incorporated
  • Patron of the Australian's Against Child Abuse
  • Patron of the Peninsula Hospice Service
  • Patron of the Children First Foundation

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Selected resources (20)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Beaurepaire, Beryl Edith
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Australian Feminism: A Companion
    Caine, Barbara
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Oxford University Press
  3. Who's Who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Crown Content
  4. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  5. Women & Politics in South Australia
    Cadden, Rosemary
  6. Beryl Beaurepaire
    McKernan, Michael
    [St Lucia, Qld]
    Published: University of Queensland Press
  7. BEAUREPAIRE, BERYL EDITH
    Department of Veterans' Affairs
    [2002]
    Series: IspartOf World War 2 Nominal RollDepartment of Veterans' Affairs
  8. The Alexandra Club : A Narrative 1903-1983
    Starke, Monica
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Alexandra Club
  9. The WAAAF in Wartime Australia
    Thomson, Joyce A
    [Carlton, Vic.]
    Published: Melbourne University Press
  10. War veterans honoured
    [2001]
    Series: IspartOf Bayside Leader
  11. Australian Feminism: A Companion
    Caine, Barbara
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Oxford University Press
  12. The matriarchs: twelve Australian women talk about their lives to Susan Mitchell.
    Mitchell, Susan
    [Ringwood, Vic.]
    Published: Penguin Books
  13. Getting Equal: The History of Australian Feminism
    Lake, Marilyn
    [St Leonards, New South Wales]
    Published: Allen & Unwin
  14. Australian Women's Honour Roll B
    CAPOW
  15. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  16. Who's Who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Crown Content
  17. So Many Firsts: Liberal Women from Enid Lyons to the Turnbull Era
    Fitzherbert, Margaret
    [Leichhardt, NSW]
    Published: The Federation Press
  18. A decade of Mary Owen dinners
    Waterfield, Dorothy
    [Sandingham, Vic.]
    Published: Mary Owen Dinner Committee
  19. Beaurepaire, Beryl Edith
    [1939 - 1948]
    Series: National Archives of Australia, National Office
    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
  20. Australian Bicentennial Authority - Heritage 200 entries
    [13 boxes : 1988]
    Series: National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
    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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