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Awarded for service to Multicultural Affairs
Born: 17 May 1943
Died: 12 March 2009
Entered on roll: 2007
Lyn Andersch came to Tasmania as a Burmese migrant in 1961. Lyn described herself as “a proud Australian and proudly Burmese”. She worked passionately and tirelessly in a variety of positions to make Tasmania a more culturally diverse, inclusive and vibrant place and was described as a driving force in Tasmania’s multicultural community.
While working and supporting a family, Lyn studied a number of courses at college and university to further enhance her skills, including a number of languages. She was a member and past Secretary of the German Australian Association, a member of the Australian Malaysian Singaporean Association and the Australia Japan Association.
Lyn’s career spanned more than 28 years in the public service, working within government departments and ministerial offices before retiring as the Manager of Multicultural Tasmania in November 2006.
Lyn played a leading role in developing the Tasmanian Government’s first multicultural policy. She also developed and initiated statewide programs and policies such as the Multicultural Liaison Officer network, the Tasmania Police interpreter book, cross-cultural awareness training and work placement programs for refugees.
Lyn played a significant part in overseeing the roles of the Tasmanian Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs, the International Wall of Friendship Committee and the Multicultural Council of Tasmania. She was the instigator in the establishment of the migration exhibition at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and helped in its planning.
Lyn represented various Premiers at many state and federal meetings including the Standing Committee on Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and the Ministerial Council on Immigration and Multicultural Affairs. Lyn was the Tasmanian Government’s appointment to the Management Committees of both Migrant Resource Centres in Tasmania from 1992. She was also a representative on the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, the Community Refugee Support Groups and the National Accreditation Authority of Translators and Interpreters.
Lyn was a tireless and well-respected advocate for refugees and migrants in Tasmania. She died on 12 March 2009 after a long battle with cancer.