Mavis Taylor

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Mavis Taylor (1915 – 14 March 2007) was an Australian who was named an Australian Living Treasure for her humanitarian work for the people of East Timor in her later years.

Life[edit]

Mrs Taylor was born in Richmond, Tasmania in 1915.[1] [2] At 16 she moved to Yarrawonga in Victoria, Australia. In Yarrawonga, she married, raised 9 children, and established a clothesmaking and haberdashery business.[2]

Humanitarian work for East Timor[edit]

She started collecting and sending household items to East Timor after seeing violence during the difficult period of move to independence.[3] By 2004 she had personally organised 21 shipping containers of practical aid, including stock from her own business[4] and had set up 23 sewing centres providing employment for East Timorese with major funding she provided.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mavis Goes to Timor". http://tendaysontheisland.org/ 10 Days on the Island. Retrieved 15 August 2008.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Timor benevolent pioneer, feisty gran Mavis near end". http://www.theage.com.au/ The Age. 14 March 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2008.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Woman named 'National Living Treasure' dies at 92". http://www.abc.net.au/ Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 August 2008.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Feature Interview - Helping East Timor". http://www.abc.net.au/ Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 August 2008.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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