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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Margaret Clinch
Name: Clinch, Margaret Anna
Place of Birth: England
Date of Birth: 1940-05-03
Occupation: Librarian
Biographical notes: Margaret came to Australia from England with her family, as a child. In 1972, she was attracted to Darwin to the huge professional challenge of Foundation Librarian of the Darwin Community College. This was planned to become a unique multilevel post secondary education institution, for all of the NT. Working with the very few other qualified librarians, like Thea Smitz, head of the Nascent Territory Library Service, she broke new ground. She remained with the university until 1993. In this time, she added to her academic qualifications, including a year in Canada. She was also active in the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), Historical Society of the NT, Quota International of Darwin, the Australian Society of Archivists, the Museums Association, and some important special purpose committees. Soon afterwards, with the help of Rob Wesley Smith, she established PLan: the Planning Action Network Inc, an important peoples’ organization working for balance in planning and development, as the NT grows. Communities should be sustainable in terms of social, cultural, environmental and long term economic implications. They should be livable, and in harmony with climate change. In 2011 this was still a busy active organization, with having fought hard for many campaigns, after more than 15 years, and has a shopfront. Margaret’s interest in NT history and heritage continues, with a list of publications. She has more recently become active in Animal wellbeing issues locally, interstate and overseas. Margaret other interests include: Library, museums and archives collections and services, History and heritage, balanced community planning, animal wellbeing, and current events. Some significant events for her are, being a member of the first NT Statehood Convention in 1998, participating in the World War II Museum Advisory Committee, and recognition for community involvement, in the form of a Tribute from the NT Government on the Anniversary of 100 Years of International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2011. [source: Margaret Clinch]
Related link: 2011 Tribute to Northern Territory women - Margaret Clinch
PictureNT: Moving into the library
Related Materials: Library Association of Australia. Northern Territory Branch, Friganiotis, Michael, 1943-, Clinch, M. A. (Margaret Anna), 1940-, Alderslade, Ann, 1946- and Northern Territory. Public Service Commissioner Library services in the Northern Territory,organisation of libraries and classification of library staff : response to the report of the Public Service Commissioner's Library Services Review Team L.A.A. N.T. Branch, (Darwin), 1983.
Clinch, M. A. National Trust of Australia (Northern Territory). Tennant Creek Branch and Tuxworth/Fullwood Collection Preliminary listing Tuxworth/Fullwood Collection, National Trust Tennant Creek, 1981.
Clinch, M. A. Northern Territory outline maritime history. Darwin : The Author, 1994.
[Biographical cuttings on Margaret Clinch, former librarian at the Darwin Community College, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals] (1990s?).
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