1964 - 1966
BPW International President 1974-1977
1959-1961 BPW Newcastle Club President
1968-1969 BPW Newcastle Club President
1969-1971 BPW International Member Educational and Cultural Standing Committee
Occupation: Emeritus Professor of Geology, Newcastle University
During Beryl Nashar’s Presidency, the roles of Regional Representatives were created.
“The next two years will be experimental years for the implementation of the activities of Regional Representatives. These officers have been elected to represent you at Conference and in Council, to represent the Federation in your region and to assist you where necessary. They can only fulfil their purpose if you avail yourselves of their service”.
A number of important matters occurred during Past President Beryl’s term of office including:
Beryl Nashar Women of Outstanding Achievement Award
In 2003 BPW NSW and now BPW Australia established the Beryl Nashar Woman of Achievement Award for a BPW member who has made a significant difference to women and BPW members. The Award is given every three years and announced at the National Conference.
The winners since 2005 are:2003 Lucille McKenna BPW Ryde Hunters Hill
2005 Mary- Louise Clifford BPW Central Coast (presented by Beryl Nashar)
2007 Jasmyn Mumme BPW Joondalup
2010 Sandra Cook BPW Joondalup
2013 Kim Kavanagh BPW South West Victoria
2016 Susan Jones BPW Sydney
Beryl had a number of firsts to her name:
In BPW New South Wales “The Front Runners’ 1988, Beryl is described as:
“A down to earth Australian who gives freely of her time and talents. Her advice and guidance, her knowledge, her enthusiasm and dedication have made her one of the greats of BPW”.
Marilyn Forsythe has related that Past President Beryl’s motto was that “Past Presidents should be seen but not heard”.
BPW Australia Board 1964 to 1966
President Professor Beryl Nashar
First Vice President Peg Magoffin
Second Vice President L. Serventy
Hon Secretary Trixie Cheyne
Hon Treasurer Peg Dwyer
Regional Representatives A. Johnson (Queensland), M. Padman (Tasmania), F. Gallagher (South Australia), Ruth Ross (NSW),
Agnes Robertson Education Fund
At the 13th BPW National Conference, Beryl Nashar gave news of the progress of the Agnes R. Robertson Education Fund and that the fund honoured the name of one of BPW Australia’s most loyal and helpful members.
Agnes Robertson was an Australian Senator for Western Australia (pictured left) and regarded as the first woman to represent the National Party in the Parliament in Australia.
The Agnes Robertson Education Fund was established to be available to assist girls and women, irrespective of creed or colour, to continue their education in any field and at any time. The Fund is supported by continuing donations from members.
Thank you to the women behind the BPW Australia Past President History Project:
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