Marie Schlemme OAM

BPW Australia President

1981 - 1984     BPW Victoria Division President                           

Occupation:  Electorate Officer, Federal Member for Mallee

Club:            1975 BPW Swan Hill

International Conferences attended:

1983 Hong Kong Board Meeting (Observer);

1985 Auckland (Led Australian delegation)

1987 The Hague (Led Australian delegation)

1996 Venice

1999 Vancouver

2002 Melbourne


Incorporation:  After many obstacles in trying to incorporate under the Companies Act, a decision was taken to proceed under the A.C.T. Associations Incorporation Act 1953, resulting in Incorporation becoming a reality on 30th January 1987.


The very difficult financial situation: The Executive reviewed the budget resulting in heavy expenditure cuts and appealed to members to make personal donations.  The results of these measures, coupled with successful applications to the Commonwealth Government for administration grants in 1986 and 1987 resulted in a surplus of $35,719.32 at 30th June 1987 as against a deficit of $1,516.81 at 30th June 1985.

The 40th Anniversary celebrations of the Federation on February 7 and 8 1987, saw a special weekend of activities organised by the Victorian Division and the Melbourne metropolitan Clubs.  The presence of six Past Presidents and the planting of a tree in the Fitzroy Gardens were both highlights.  

BPW Australia Board 1985 to 1987

President               Marie Schlemme OAM

Immediate Past President       Beverley Perel

Hon. Secretary                       Mavis Wynne (died in office)  

Hon. Treasurer                       Noelle Holmes

Finance Officer                       Leanne Screaigh        

First Vice President                 Isabelle Jenner           

Second Vice President            Pat Harrison

NSW Division President          Coral O’Brien

ACT Division President           Elizabeth Grant

QLD Division President Robyn Killoran

SA Division President Jenny Chillingworth

TAS Division President Carole Withers

VIC Division President Joan Heard

WA Division President June Seaton

The Plaque in Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria

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.  

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