Raigh Roe

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Dame Raigh Roe
World President of the Associated Country Women of the World
In office
Personal details
Born Raigh Edith Kurts
(1922-12-12)12 December 1922
Western Australia
Died November 2014 (aged 91)
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) James Arthur Roe (m. 1941)
Relations John Septimus Roe (great-grandfather-in-law)
Children Three sons
Education Perth Girls' School
Occupation Farmer
Awards Australian of the Year (1977)

Dame Raigh Edith Roe DBE (née Kurts; 12 December 1922 – November 2014) was an Australian farmer, who became an advocate for rural women in Australia and around the world. She was member of the Australian Country Women's Association (CWA) from 1941; she became branch president, Western Australian state president and, eventually, national president of the CWA.[1]

In 1977 she was elected World President of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), representing almost nine million women in 74 countries throughout the world. In 1978, she was appointed as a commissioner for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC).[2]

A biography of Roe, She's No Milkmaid (ISBN 0859051528), written by Rica Erickson and Rona Haywood, was published by Hesperian Press in 1991.[3]


In 1975, Raigh Roe was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).[4] In 1980, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).[5]

In 1977 she was named Australian of the Year,[6] jointly with Sir Murray Tyrrell.

In 2001 she was awarded the Centenary Medal.[7]


  1. ^ "Dame Raigh Roe". Seven West Media Limited. The West Australian. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Inglis, K.S. (2006). This is the ABC : the Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1932-1983 (2nd ed.). Melbourne: Black Inc. ISBN 1863951814. 
  3. ^ "She's no milkmaid : a biography of Dame Raigh Roe, D.B.E.". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  4. ^ It's an Honour: CBE 1975
  5. ^ It's an Honour: DBE 1980
  6. ^ Lewis, Wendy (2010). Australians of the Year. Pier 9 Press. ISBN 978-1-74196-809-5. 
  7. ^ It's an Honour: Centenary Medal 2001

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Preceded by
Sir Edward Dunlop
Australian of the Year Award
Served alongside: Murray Tyrrell
Succeeded by
Alan Bond
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