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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 1112 ..


Ms Margaret Hendry

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10:17): Mr Speaker, I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

I take the opportunity to bring to the attention of members the passing of Ms Margaret Janet Hendry, a long-serving member of the ACT Heritage Council. I thank members for the consideration that allowed me to attend her thanksgiving service this morning. It would not be a word of a lie to say that Margaret Hendry was a great woman. If we, in our endeavours here, are ever to achieve as much as she did, we will have to lift our collective game.

Margaret Janet Hendry was a landscape architect. She graduated from Burnley Horticultural College in 1948-very unusual for a woman at that time-and completed a diploma in landscape design at the Kings College, Durham University in the late 1950s. From 1963 to 1974 Margaret was employed by the National Capital Development Commission to work on the landscape development of Canberra as a garden city.

In 1963 she undertook the role of honorary secretary to the provisional council to form the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. She was a fellow of the Landscape Institute and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Margaret was an inaugural senior lecturer in landscape architecture at the University of Canberra, at that stage the CCAE, for a period of 11 years. In 1983 she was chairperson for the selection of the inaugural award in landscape architecture and in 1986 was the chairperson and jury member for the first national awards programs for design excellence in landscape architecture.

From 1989 to 1990 Margaret was a member of the committee to establish the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. In 1991 she was a member of the National Capital Planning Authority committee on the trees in the parliamentary zone. In addition, Margaret presented a paper at the Australian Garden Historical Society conference in the mid-1990s on the landscape development for the parliamentary area.

Margaret was a jury member for the competition of ideas for the Kingston foreshore development. In the late 1990s she was appointed a member of nomenclature committee assessing proposed names for suburbs and streets in the ACT. She was also appointed a member to the Heritage Council from 21 November 1997 to 20 November 2000. She was a dedicated member of the Heritage Council. She attended meetings, seminars, workshops and site visits with both government and non-government organisations, and she also represented council at numerous events during the annual ACT Heritage Festival.

As a member of the Heritage Council, Margaret made a significant contribution to a range of task forces, including those responsible for the assessment of applications for the annual ACT heritage grants, the assessment of nominations for the ACT heritage

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