Tributes to Australian women - 'the pioneering and inspirational women who served in DFAT'
Maris King MBE is mentioned in the article below - she was a long time member of SI Canberra, our club President 1965-66 and first President of the South West Pacific Federation invested upon its charter. The debut of SISWP on the Internatinal scene was under Maris' direction - and how fitted she was for the task with her training as a diplomat representing her country abroad!
Maris started in the public service as a typist, posted during Word War II to the Australian embassy in China, firstly in Chungking and then in Shanghai. On her return to Australia, through part time study at University of Melbourne, she gained a brillant degree in Economics and worked in that field in DFAT. From 1973-76 she was the Australian Deputy High Commissioner in Fiji, then High Commissioner in Nauru 1977-79, and in 1980, she became the first resident Australian High Commissioner in Tonga until 1984 when she returned to Australia to retire.
Maris used her fellow office bearers quite extensively during her first year as SISWP President, but in her second year she took long service leave to visit the regions and clubs. Her happiest memories came from those visits. On resigning as President, Maris was nominated and later elected as International Extension Chairman.
Article from the Canberra Times 11 January 2017