Tribute to Dr Margaret Scott

August 30, 2005

On the passing of Dr Margaret Scott, Acting Chair of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA), Professor Sharon Sullivan AO, paid tribute to Dr Scott’s contribution to PAHSMA.

“During her five year tenure on the PAHSMA Board, Dr Margaret Scott was our much valued ‘local member’. She was committed to the Tasman community and dedicated to promoting a close association between the Site and the local community.

“Margaret founded the Tasman Institute of Conservation and Convict Studies to ensure important conservation and heritage skills are maintained within Tasmania, and she had a strong desire to see the formation of an education facility on the Tasman Peninsula.”

Professor Sullivan said, “A distinguished poet and writer, Dr Scott wrote Port Arthur: A Story of Strength and Courage a book about the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre together with many other stories and collections of poetry.

“Margaret received many accolades during her distinguished life. She was recently awarded the Australia Council Writers Emeritus award and earlier this year was inducted as an inaugural member on the Tasmanian Honour Roll for Women.

“Margaret was an outstanding Tasmanian, loved and respected by all who knew her. She will be sadly missed, and on behalf of the PAHSMA Board and staff, we have all lost a dear friend and intellectual inspiration”.

Dr Margaret Scott

Dr Margaret Scott