Local women on state honour roll

Proud: Vida Maney with her 2021 SA Women's Honour Roll certificate, textile book, and other publications she has been involved in writing.
Proud: Vida Maney with her 2021 SA Women's Honour Roll certificate, textile book, and other publications she has been involved in writing.

Last week, four Tatiara women were inducted into the 2021 South Australian Women's Honour Roll.

Dorothy Hunt, Doctor Christine Kirby, Caroline (Carol) Murray, and Vida Maney were all recognised at the event held in Adelaide at Government House.

Mrs Maney was recognised for her outstanding volunteer work in the community, especially with the Mundulla Show, and also for compiling the stories in her book 'Great Women of the Good Country'.

But she is most proud of her work creating textile books for blind children, for which she received an Order of Australia Medal.

"I've always felt like I was supposed to do this," she said.

Mrs Maney enjoyed the night of celebrations with her two daughters and said they were treated like royalty in Government House.

"Everyone felt special. I felt like the queen," she said.

Mrs Maney said she was proud she had been honoured on the night with three other Tatiara women.

Dorothy Hunt was recognised for her work with the Country Women's Association (CWA).

Mrs Hunt began with the Bordertown CWA group and went on to become the state and national president of the association.

Doctor Christine Kirby was the first female surgical trainee at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

This happened in the late 1970s after she was refused by the program and her and another female colleague raised a discrimination case with the Professor of Surgery.

Since then Dr Kirby has been a pioneer in in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) research and ran the infertility unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Dr Kirby has worked internationally and been the head of many IVF units in South Australia and abroad.

Carol Murray (1916-1988) was honoured on the night for her work in Bordertown, particularly for being a driving force in the creation of the local kindergarten.

The Carol Murray Children's Centre was completed in 1955, after ten years of hard work from Mrs Murray.

She was also heavily involved in CWA and Red Cross in Bordertown.