White, Elizabeth, (Lady) (1907-1988)

Also known as
White, Elizabeth, (MBE) (1907-1988)
White, Lady Elizabeth (1907-1988)
Wilson, Elizabeth (1907-1988)
Field of activity
Community Worker; Volunteer
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an49861363
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1502637

Biographies

Elizabeth White (1907-1988), community worker, was born on 16 December 1907 at Flemington, Melbourne, fifth of thirteen children of Victorian-born parents Richard Wilson, gentleman, and his wife Annie,...

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Elizabeth White was educated at the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Melbourne, before working as a school teacher. On 18 October 1930 she married Harold Leslie White, deputy-librarian of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library (later to become head of it and of the National Library of Australia).

In Canberra, in addition to close association with the National Library, Elizabeth pursued her interest in volunteering and being involved in many aspects of the local community. Of particular interest to her were remedial teaching and the introduction of creative day-carer programs. In her later years, her attention turned towards enhancing the quality of life of the elderly.

Elizabeth was a member of the National Council of Women (NCW) and a foundation member of the Goodwin Centre Development Association, which was established in July 1954. She was also a foundation member of the Australian Association of Gerontology and president (1964-65) of a sub-committee for a proposed new building for the NCW's Thursday Club (renamed in 1965 the Canberra Senior Citizens Club). For the next twenty years she undertook voluntary work with the elderly, at their homes and in hospitals. In 1983 the Canberra Senior Citizens Club awarded her life membership. In 1982 the Penguin Club of Australia recognised her with life membership for her exceptional talent as an impromptu public speaker.

In 1962 Lady Elizabeth White was appointed an MBE for her service to elderly people.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. White, Elizabeth
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. White, Lady Elizabeth (1907-1988)
    Waterhouse, Jill
    [2012]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  3. Memorial service of June 25, 1988 for Lady Elizabeth White...[sound recording] / recorded by Kevin Bradley
    [25 June 1988]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    1 sound tape reel (ca. 60 min.)
    ORAL TRC 2286
  4. Papers of Sir Harold White and Lady Elizabeth White, 1911-1992 [manuscript]
    [19.1 m : 1911 - 1992]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    MS 7599 includes diaries, speeches, articles, administrative files, invitations, official and personal correspondence, press cuttings, publications, awards, photographs, slides, film and notes documenting the lives of Sir Harold White and Lady Elizabeth White, especially Sir Harold's career in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library and National Library of Australia, and Lady Elizabeth's community work particularly for the care of the elderly (116 boxes, 1 fol. Box, 1 elephant fol.).
    MS 7599
  5. [Mr James Allen and his wife, Marion, discussing their experiences in Bangladesh with Lady Elizabeth White and Mrs A. Jenkin of the Pan Pacific and South-East Asian Woman's Association in Canberra, 1974] [picture] / Barry Le Lievre
    Series: National Library of Australia
    PIC Box PIC/4735 #PIC/4735/2
  6. Dress with belt, made by Lady Elizabeth, Australia, 1956-1962
    Series: Gift of Sister Marie O'Regan,1993; Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
    94/271/2

Resources by Elizabeth White (1)

  1. Papers of Sir Harold White and Lady Elizabeth White
    White, Harold Leslie, Sir, 1905-1992
    [ Unpublished : 1911-1992 ]
    At National Library
    Papers of Sir Harold White and Lady Elizabeth White
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 86,536.125)

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  1. Papers of Sir Harold White and Lady Elizabeth White
    White, Harold Leslie, Sir, 1905-1992
    [ Unpublished : 1911-1992 ]
    At National Library
    Papers of Sir Harold White and Lady Elizabeth White
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  2. Memorial Service for Lady Elizabeth White
    Bradley, Kevin, 1958-
    [ Sound : 1988 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 68,640.156)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 68,640.156)

  3. [Mr James Allen and his wife, Marion, discussing their experiences in Bangladesh with Lady Elizabeth White and Mrs A. Jenkin of the Pan Pacific and South-East Asian Woman's Association in Canberra, 1974] Barry Le Lievre
    Le Lievre, Barry
    [ Photograph : 1974 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    [Mr James Allen and his wife, Marion, discussing their experiences in Bangladesh with Lady Elizabeth White and Mrs A. Jenkin of the Pan Pacific and South-East Asian Woman's Association in Canberra, 1974] Barry Le Lievre
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