Margery Campbell Ramsay was born in 1923 and spent some of her childhood growing up in Ballarat with her sister Shirley, near Lake Wendouree. When Patricia, a member of the Heidelberg Historical Society heard that I was a recipient of the Margery C Ramsay scholarship this year she was keen to let me know that she grew up in the same street as Margery and she and her sisters “looked up” to Margery and her sister Shirley – “the two big girls up the road”. Pat also made the comment that many of the local girls in the street had gone against the traditional roles of women at that time – going on to University and Professional life. Patricia herself became a doctor.
Margery was a leader in the public library sector and at the State Library of Victoria over several decades. She was the first qualified librarian appointed to a public library service in country Victoria, at Ballarat in 1946, where she was instrumental in establishing the Central Highlands Regional Library Service. This was one of the first Regional Library services in Victoria. Margery moved to Tasmania in 1954, later working as Librarian-in-Charge of all municipal library services. In 1968 she returned to Victoria as Principal of the Library Training School at the State Library. From 1974 to 1981 she was Principal Librarian at the State Library of Victoria. During her career she was awarded fellowships by the Australian Library and Information Association and the Royal Australian Institute of Public Administration. She passed away in 1998.
While Patricia was still living at home the Ramsay girls moved away but many years later in the 1980s Patricia met both sisters again at a University College reunion at Melbourne University. Patricia was chuffed that Margery recognised her..