Peg (Ann Margaret) Magoffin

1966 - 1970
BPW Australia President

1951-1970     BPW Australia Chair Finance

1964-1966     BPW Australia Treasurer

1965–1971     BPW International Finance Committee

1967         BPW Australia Delegate to the International Board Meeting in Rome

1970               Appointed to National Labour Advisory Council's Committee on Women's Employment

Occupation:   Chartered Accountant


Peg Magoffin was very concerned about employment of women in Australia and in an article in the National Federation News she wrote:

“The under-development and under-employment of Australian women power is an expense which Australia can no longer afford at this critical stage of our history. The challenge to BPW at the present time is to awaken women and society at large to the fact that the new era has come, and the old assumptions about the life pattern of women belong to another era which we have left behind.”

In 1969, Peg Magoffin prepared and presented the BPW's Submission when the Association was granted leave to intervene in the Equal Pay cases before the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration.  In 1970, she was appointed to the National Labour Advisory Council's Committee on Women's Employment.

Peg Magoffin was well known for her expertise in taxation, largely through her monthly column (1953-71) in Rydge's Business Journal.  She wrote a textbook on the subject, and lectured for the Australian Mutual Provident Society and for the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. She also studied economics as an evening student at that university and obtained her Bachelor of Economics in 1967.

During Peg Magoffin’s term as the BPW Australia President, she oversaw a major restructuring of the organisation which led to the creation of State Divisions. She stated that “the structure of the Federation would not change with the adoption of Divisions. Its result would be merely to make a divisional organisation for two purposes: to help in administration work, and to have a body to represent the views of the Federation at State Level.”

BPW Australia Board 1966 to 1970 

President                                           Peg Magoffin

First Vice President                     Peg Dwyer

Second Vice President             Mrs R. Hendry

Hon. Secretary                         Ruth Ross

Hon. Treasurer                         Mrs B. Cheyne

State President Queensland       Mrs. W.  Haenke

State President NSW                   Miss. E. Nickolas

State President Victoria                     Norma Ford

State President Tasmania         Miss M. Backhouse

State President South Australia         Miss A. Taylor

State President Western Australia   Miss L. Seventy

Thank you to the women behind the BPW Australia Past President History Project:
Project Leader, Past President Marilyn Forsythe (2007-2013), 
Past President Kay Morrison (2004-2007), Margaret Tipper, BPWA Executive Secretary (2016+), Robyn Duncan (BPWA Public Officer), Trish Clifford (BPW Central Coast) and Jean Murray (Immediate Past BPWA Executive Secretary) for their assistance and research.  The Past President History will continue to expand as information becomes available about the National Presidents since 1947.  

Please submit further information and photos to secretary@bpw.com.au

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