Monica Gallagher (community worker)

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Dame Monica Josephine Gallagher, DBE, DCSG (née McInerney; 5 April 1923 – 18 September 2013) was an Australian community worker and church activist.

She had been associated with church and other community groups in her voluntary work. Her positions have included associate member of the New South Wales division of Australian Church Women, member of the advisory committee of the Festival of Light, past chairman of the Appeal Committee, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), Sydney, and board member of Save the Children Fund, New South Wales from 1992-94. She was chairman of the Friends of St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney from 1983–87, and later from 1998-2000, as well as executive director of the Flower Festival Committee from 1996-97.[1]


Her husband since 1946, Dr. John Gallagher, was a Willoughby physician, who practised for more than 50 years. The couple married in 1946; the couple had four children: Paul, Brian, Julia and Mary-Louise. In 1976, Dr. Gallagher was awarded a papal knighthood. Dr. Gallagher predeceased his wife.


Dame Monica Gallagher died on 18 September 2013, aged 90. She is survived by her children and extended family.[2]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Who's Who in Australia, 2002, p. 719
  2. ^ Sydney Morning Herald, Tributes, 21 September 2013; Retrieved 24 September 2013
  3. ^ Catholic Weekly (Australia; February 2001) – contains an article about Monica Gallagher's papal damehood, but the relevant link is long dead.