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Awarded for services to Education and Training, service to the Community
Born: 1917 Died: 14 July 2015
Entered on roll: 2005
Mollie is an inspirational role model in the community. She is a presence to be reckoned with at all community events and demonstrations. She is a strong supporter of human rights, the environment, and the local community and is a member of innumerable committees. Her energy is amazing. (Mary Lees)
Mollie Campbell-Smith was born in Devonport and started her education at St Margaret’s Private School in Devonport. She continued her education at Methodist Ladies’ College in Launceston. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne, and completed a Diploma of Education at the University of Tasmania. Mollie played hockey and represented the University of Melbourne, the State of Victoria and was a member of the Australian team. She married in 1942 and had five children, three sons and two daughters.
In 1955, as the Senior Science Teacher at the Methodist Ladies’ College (now Scotch Oakburn College), Mollie pioneered the development of the Interpersonal Relationships curriculum in Tasmanian schools. In 1963, her Interpersonal Relationships program was extended to government schools. Mollie taught Interpersonal Relationships at Scotch Oakburn until her retirement in 1986.
Mollie provided educational leadership - providing training to teaching students in interpersonal development, training teachers to work with abused children and survivors of child abuse and in the development and delivery of a senior physiology and anatomy course, which enabled students to enter paramedic courses.
In her retirement Mollie pursued a wide range of interests including women’s rights, mental health and parenting issues. Mollie maintained a significant voluntary workload and leadership roles as the President of the National Council of Women, the Northern Older Persons Reference Group, Vice President of the Tasmanian Richmond Fellowship, Chair of New Pin (New Parent Infant Network) and was a member of the Positive Ageing Consultative Committee. Mollie also served as State Commissioner of the Girl Guides (1983-88) and President of the Australian Federation of University Women (1988-91).
Mollie was a Director and Life Member of the American Field Service, Life Member and Tutor for LifeLink, Governor of the Tasmanian Community Foundation and a committee member of the Northern Regional Suicide Prevention Group and the Tasmania Dementia Care Group.
Mollie was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1986. In 2000, Mollie was recognised as Citizen of the Year by the Launceston City Council.