A Life in Guiding

Margaret Barbour


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Margaret Barbour - Further Community Service

Bruce Barbour - January 2020

While Guiding was very important to Margaret, her service extended beyond Guiding and into the wider community.

I will list some of Margaret's contributions to community life in point form:
  • Member and Secretary of the first Kindergarten Committee, commencing in 1956, working to establish a kindergarten in the Strathmore Community Association hall located in Loeman Street;
  • Became the hall keeper for the Strathmore Community Hall in Loeman Street circa 1956. This involved taking bookings for the hall, collecting hire fees, arranging for cleaning of the hall after use and also for the moving and replacement of the kindergarten furniture when the hire of the full hall was required. This continued until mid 1986, around the time that the Strathmore Community Association was wound up and the management of the hall was taken over by the local council;
  • Member and office holder of numerous committees and groups associated with Strathmore Presbyterian Church - and after part of the Presbyterian Church joined the Uniting Church, the Strathmore Uniting Church:
    • Strathmore Presbyterian Women's Missionary Union (PWMU) - member for 3 - 4 years;
    • Strathmore Parents and Friends - 5 years with 2 years as Secretary;
    • Strathmore Uniting Church Social Group - Member and Office Holder (Treasurer and Secretary) for many years;
    • Strathmore Craft Group - Started this group in conjunction with Pat Judd in 1985 (or 1981). The group met once a week on a Thursday morning. Margaret was actively involved in the group as one of the main organisers until 2018, at least 33 years. The group made and donated a variety of craft work to church fetes and other charitable organisations;
  • Member of the Strathmore State School Mothers Club for about 10 years; and
  • Volunteered with the Strathmore High School canteen for 10 years from 1965, attending to prepare and sell food in the canteen. This was initially once a month but then twice a month for the last 6 years.
In 1994 the Strathmore-Gladstone Park Rotary Club awarded Margaret the Patrick Carter Community Service Award. The award was made annually for outstanding community service. The award recognised Margaret's work in Guiding and in the wider community.

Margaret married Robert Edward (Bert) Barbour in 1949 and they had three children.

Please also see the associated photo album page.

Margaret Chalmers Barbour
(nee Paice)

04 February 1926 to 15 October 2019.
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Robert Edward (Bert) Barbour
13 February 1923 to 22 April 1989.

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