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Anne Marie Drake

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Anne Marie Drake

Awarded for service to the Community

Born: 29 May 1951

Died: 16 October 2008

Entered on roll: 2008

Anne Drake was born in Broken Hill and moved to Tasmania in 1958. She was married to Ian and they had three children. She lived and worked in Rosebery for most of her life.

Anne’s community work in Rosebery was consistent throughout her adult life. She played and umpired hockey for more than 40 years and held the positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Rosebery Women’s Hockey Association. Anne spent much time organising, playing and umpiring hockey tournaments for senior and junior women players. She taught many young women how to play hockey in a sporting manner and encouraged young women to become umpires, by umpiring alongside them to teach them the skills required. Anne was made a Life Member of the Blues Hockey Club and the Rosebery Women’s Hockey Association for her contribution to the sport.

In addition to her service to hockey, Anne was involved with fundraising and catering for the local football club. She also helped fundraise to build the Rosebery Basketball Stadium and was Secretary of the Rosebery Rockdrilling Club for many years, taking on the role of official record keeper for every rockdrilling race over the two day carnivals. Anne was a volunteer for the Rosebery Athletic Club and was a Targa Tasmania official and volunteer in Rosebery since the event began. She was on the Olympic Torch Committee for the West Coast.

As President of the Wee Georgie Wood Steam Train at Tullah, Anne took responsibility for all safety aspects of maintenance, running days and patrons. She also promoted the tourism potential of the region to everyone who travelled on the Wee Georgie Wood Steam Train.

Anne served as State President of the Tasmanian RSL Ladies Auxiliary and was Secretary and Treasurer of the Rosebery RSL Ladies Committee. She was a member for 30 years and cooked Dawn Service breakfasts on Anzac Day for the same period.

Her other community activities included being a member of the West Coast Health and Community Services Board and a member of the Rosebery Hospital Action Committee. Anne was the Chair of the Rosebery Centenary Committee and was a key organiser of the successful reunion weekend. She was the main proponent of the Tom MacDonald monument in the Main Street of Rosebery and was instrumental in raising $30,000 in funding for the monument. Anne was a member of the Clean Up Australia Day Committee and a Lions Lady with the Rosebery Lions Club.

Anne was elected to the West Coast Council in 1993 and served two terms as Deputy Mayor.

In recognition of her life-long commitment to her community Anne received the 2003 West Coast Council Tasmania Day Award. She also received recognition from then Prime Minister John Howard for Voluntary Service to the Community in 2007 and received the West Coast Council Australia Day Award in 2008.

Anne died on 16 October 2008 after a long battle with cancer.

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