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Sybil Howy Irving : 14-September-2011
Sybil Howy Irving : 14-September-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A tree commemorates Sybil Howy Irving, founder and controller of the Australian Women`s Army Service, worker for the Girl Guides Association and other groups.

Sybil Irving was general secretary of the Victorian division of the Red Cross from 1947 to 1959. On her retirement she was granted honorary life membership of the society. In 1960-61 she took a thirteen-month holiday in Britain and Europe, one of her several trips abroad. She met Red Cross workers in Switzerland and elsewhere, visited the Women`s Royal Army Corps in England and attended the wedding of Princess Margaret, the W.R.A.A.C.`s colonel-in-chief.

Back in Australia, Irving worked as a consultant (1961-71) for the Victorian Old People`s Welfare Council (later the Victorian Council on the Ageing), organizing elderly citizens` clubs.


Address:Birdwood Avenue, Kings Domain, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.828369
Long: 144.973602
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 16th April, 1978
Front Inscription

Sybil Howy Irving M.B.E., 1897-1973.

A memorial to commemorate a lifetime of dedicated service to the Girl Guides Association, Victorian Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Red Cross Society, Australian Women`s Army Service Women`s Royal Australian Army Corps, Council on the Ageing 1978

Source: MA,VMR,ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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