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CRM D LittThank you, Chancellor and Council, for this great honour which the University has conferred upon me.  I am deeply grateful to the University for what it has brought to my life.

I also wish to acknowledge that we are meeting on the lands of  the Moo-he-ne-nah  (Mouheneenner) People and pay my respects.

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UTas Distinguished Alumni Award

UTas Distinguished Alumni Award

I entered the university in March 1948 aged 16 years and 4 months on the Sir Richard Dry Exhibition and within a week the University had set me on one of my main courses for life.  On the Ides of March at the Glebe Theatre Players I met the student who was to become my husband, ex-serviceman David Mattingley.  We have now received our letter from the Queen and between us our association with UTAS spans 135 years!  We know that at least one of you here tonight has an equally long association.  Peter Saunders danced at our wedding!

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2014 - Seen but Not Heard

2014 – Seen but Not Heard

Lilian Medland’s Birds – Seen but Not Heard

Thank you, Alan, for your kind words and for the invitation to talk about my latest book, Seen but Not Heard: Lilian Medland’s Birds, my 52nd book.  It is indeed an honour to be asked to speak to this conference and a great pleasure to be among professional colleagues again.  I began my career in librarianship in 1951 in the Dept of Immigration in Canberra, then studied for a year on a scholarship of 4 pounds a week at the Library Training School at the Public Library of Victoria before serving as Regional Librarian in the Latrobe Valley of Victoria with its 4 libraries at Yallourn, Morwell, and outlying communities Boolarra and Mirboo North.  A stint at the Brixton Public Library in London did not last, as the shifts were 12 hours long!  After returning to Australia I was asked to set up a secondary school library, then one in a primary school – the first professional librarian to do so in South Australia.  I was proactive in establishing the public library in Burnside, South Australia, and ensuring that a professional librarian was appointed in charge, and I served for many years on the Library Committee.  Three children later, I joined the staff as Reader Services Librarian at Wattle Park Teachers College under Principal Colin Thiele, and was involved in the massive move of books to the new campus of the Murray Park CAE, now part of the University of South Australia.  Books of course were the order of the day in all those libraries.

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