Margery Ramsay

Margery Ramsay (1923-1998)

  • ALIA Fellowship 1964 

Taken from Kosa, G.A. (Ed.). 1990. Biographical Dictionary of Australian Librarians, p. 183.

Ramsay Margery Campbell.  MA MLS FLAA. Retired.  Born 22 September 1923 Ballarat Victoria, daughter of Robert Hamilton and Iris Pyree (Flower) Ramsay.  Education: Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College Ballarat Victoria, University of Melbourne BA (Hons) 1944, MA 1945, University of California Berkeley MLS 1958, Registration Examination 1949.  Positions: Ballarat Municipal Libraries librarian 1946-54, State Library of Tasmania Hobart training officer 1954-55, Municipal Services librarian 1955-68, State Library of Victoria Melbourne principal Library Training School 1969-74 deputy principal librarian 1969-74, principal librarian 1974-83.  Membership: ALIA fellow (Victoria Branch representative 1953-54, Tasmanian Branch general councillor 1958 president 1959, Public Libraries Section president and general councillor 1962-63, Board of Examiners 1959-66 1969-75 deputy chairman 1964-66 convenor various committees 1964-93 chairman 1973-75), COPQ Expert Panel on Librarianship 1973-78, Australian Institute of Public Administration fellow (Victorian Regional Group Councillor 1971- president 1979), Library Courses (Vocational) Standing Committee (chairman 1972-79).  Awards: Carnegie scholarship 1946, Fullbright Scholarship 1951-52. Special interests in administration and government, music, theatre.

From the State Library of Victoria website (Margery C Ramsay Scholarship):

Margery C Ramsay was the first qualified librarian appointed to a public library service in country Victoria. She was appointed to the Ballarat library in 1946 and in 1950, under her guidance, the library became part of 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 municipal library services. In 1968 she returned to Victoria as principal of the Library Training School. She was the State Library's deputy-principal librarian in 1969 and principal librarian from 1974 to 1981.

Margery died in 1998.