Norma Young AM JP

1972 - 1974
BPW Australia President

1958   President BPW Bendigo

1968   Vice President BPW Victoria

1968       Deputy Leader BPWA Delegation to BPW International Congress in London

1970-1972       Vice President BPW Australia

1974-1977       BPW International Education & Cultural Committee

1974       Leader of the Delegation Congress in Buenos Aires

1980-1983 BPW International Member of Finance Committee

1983-1987 BPW International Treasurer

Occupation:   Chartered Accountant 


Norma Young (dec.) believed that the aims and objectives of BPW Australia were vital and important to the welfare of Australia and its people. Norma speaking on International Women’s Day in 1975 stated that “ You and your fellow members belong to a  Club  - it needs your ideas and talents, so do not with hold them, Your Federation also needs your ideas and talents because you are part of it”.

The Abolition of Probate and Duties Law

In Norma Young’s time as President one of the most controversial issues came to a head. The Probate and Duties Law was unjust because of the members of the community suffered under its sweeping implications. There were no appeals and the law was adamant that Death Duties must be paid without regard to financial well-being of the beneficiaries. When a man died his assets went to the government and this caused enormous hardship. 

A very determined and a dedicated group of members from BPW Parramatta, Chris Rapp (Chairperson) Flora Smith, Ruby Digney, Doreen Smith and Del Anderson formed together to change the law about Probate and Death Duties. These BPW members collected 63,000 signatures out of 64,000 Parramatta residents on the Electoral Roll to start the campaign!

At the 1974 National Conference a motion was passed that immediate representation to the Federal Government for the abolition of all death duties. Shortly the call for abolition of death duties by BPW Australia was joined by every woman’s organisation as an indignity to women and children.

By 1982 all states in Australian had abolished death duties

Norma Young had a lifelong interest in Guides Australia and was awarded the Associations Medal of Merit for service to the girls. Her other interests were with Vision Australia Foundation (formerly Association for the Blind) for over 40 years, her church St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral Bendigo and she became a Justice of the Peace in 1975.

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

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software