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Shirley Ramsay (1929 - )

Initially trained as a preschool teacher, but finding life as a preschool teacher less fulfilling than she had hoped, in 1955 Shirley returned to study and commenced the three-year Diploma of Social Studies at The University of Melbourne. On completion of the Diploma, she was employed for over four years by the Citizens’ Welfare Service as a caseworker with older people. She then moved to the Old People’s Welfare Council (later the Council on the Ageing), where she stayed for six and a half years before moving in 1969 to a job with Nunawading Council. Shirley worked at Nunawading Council for 18 years, becoming Head of a large Community Services Department and developing a range of services.

Shirley took early retirement from Nunawading in 1987, but soon returned to employment, taking a number of relieving positions with the Uniting Church Aged Care Services and the Anglican Homes. She was also actively involved on the Board of the Council on the Ageing. Eventually Shirley returned to a part-time position with the Information and Advisory Service of the Council on the Ageing, a position she held at the time of the interview in October 1996.

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