Marjorie Thompson

Obituary Marjorie Monaro Thompson, died December 1971

The Australian Library Journal May 1972, p 177.

Marjorie Monaro Thompson. BEc, FLAA, well known to users of the Fisher Library of the University of Sydney over forty years, died on Christmas Day 1971. Miss Thompson retired from the position of keeper of rare books in 1965. She was designated keeper of rare books in 1963 and had the responsibility of setting up the very fine rare book collection when the new Fisher Library was occupied.  Previous to that she had been assistant librarian in charge of cataloguing since 1949.

She received her early training at the Public Library of New South Wales where she went straight from the Sydney Girls High School. She joined the Sydney University staff in 1924 and graduated BEc as an evening student in 1928.

Marjorie Thompson was a foundation member of the Australian Institute of Librarians and was a Fellow of the Library Association of Australia. She was general treasurer of the Institute from 1941 to 1943.  She was president of the NSW Branch in 1946-47 and the first president of the University Libraries Section of the Library Association of Australia in 1955. She acted as Representative Councillor on the federal body several times and was an indefatigable attender at conferences. She was a perfectionist in all that she did and the many librarians who trained under her and who came into contact with her honour her for her high standards. She was a particularly gracious person and a good friend.

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