The Fintona community has lost one of its amazing women – Dame Beryl Beaurepaire (Bedggood, 1940) AC, DBE. Dame Beryl died on Wednesday 24 October 2018 and has had a small family service to mark her passing and celebrate her life.
Amongst many wonderful life achievements Dame Beryl was a School Prefect and actively involved in all that the school offered during her time as a student, and well beyond that time, in fact throughout the rest of her life.
Here is a snapshot of her involvement and achievements:
- Student at Fintona, 1931 – 1940
- School Prefect, 1940
- Member of the School’s Board of Management, 1964 - 1987
- Chair of the Board of Management of Fintona Girls’ School, 1974 – 1987
- Life member of the OFA
- OFA committee member
- School Company member
- Former School Trustee member
- Bedggood House in the Junior School is named after Dame Beryl
- In the Senior Campus we have the ‘Dame Beryl Beaurepaire Girl who makes a Difference to the Life of the School’ Award that we present at Valedictory Evening each year.
Dame Beryl Beaurepaire (Bedggood,1940) achieved and contributed to much in her life:
- Community worker
- Patron and leading figure in the Women’s Rights movement
- Enlisted in the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air force (WAAAF) - meteorological section
- Lady Mayoress, 1965-1967
- YWCA, 1969-1977, as a member of the national executive
- Vice President of the Citizen’s Welfare Service of Victoria, 1970-1986
- Chairman of the Federal Women’s Committee, 1974-1976
- Convenor of the first National Women’s Advisory Council, 1978-1982
- Vice President of the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party, 1976 - 1986
- Australian Children’s Television Foundation Board, 1982-1988
- The Board of Victoria’s 150th Authority, 1982-1987
- Australian Bicentennial Multicultural Foundation, 1989-1992
- Chairman of the Australian War Memorial Fund Raising Committee, 1993
- Chairman of the Australian War Memorial Council, 1985 - 1993
- Patron to numerous community organisations including:
- Child First Foundation since 2000,
- Peninsula Hospice Service since 1999,
- Palliative Care (Vic) since 1999,
- Victorian College of the Arts since 1999
- Epilepsy Foundation of Victorian since 1999,
- Australia Against Child Abuse from 1996
- Peninsula Health Care and Portsea’s Children’s Camp
Dame Beryl brought women of diverse backgrounds and political allegiance together. She was adamant in her pursuit of equal pay and opportunity, child care, and the right to safe abortion. Her recognition by the Australian Government for her outstanding contribution to society was well deserved.
Dame Beryl was married to Ian Beaurepaire in 1946 and has two sons (twins) – Donald and John.
We are so appreciative and grateful to have been given the privilege of knowing such an extraordinary Australian woman.