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Elizabeth Robson (Betty) Calvert (1909–1993)

Eighty four-year old Elizabeth "Betty" Calvert, MBE, died this week after a long illness.

Mrs Calvert was well-known in the ACT community, having arrived in Canberra after her marriage to Dr Patrick Calvert in 1953, and quickly becoming involved in a diverse number of community organisations.

She is well-remembered for her long-standing association with the Red Cross, of which she was made a life member in 1965, and her involvement with the ACT Liberal Party.

Mrs Calvert's most public moment with the Liberal Party was when she stood for preselection for the seat of the Australian Capital Territory and won, becoming the party's endorsed candidate in 1963.

She was an active member of the party, keenly interested in Canberra issues and described as a good member.

One of the first women to become a member of the Red Cross Field Service, Mrs Calvert was sent overseas and served in the Middle East and New Guinea during World War ll.

Fifty years of service with the Red Cross was celebrated in 1990 when Mrs Calvert was presented with the Australian Red Cross Laurel Wreath. She was also a member of the Royal Canberra Hospital board for several years.

She is survived by her son, Dr Allan Calvert, of Adelaide.

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'Calvert, Elizabeth Robson (Betty) (1909–1993)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 May 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Larke, Elizabeth Robson

Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


31 July, 1993 (aged ~ 84)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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