An exemplary life-time of devotion to the cause of world peace. Still actively, tirelessly working for what she passionately believed in, right to the very end of her inspirational life. Those of us who were fortunate to know her, will never forget her. We are thankful for her extraordinary life. The world is a poorer place without her in it, but her spirit lives forever.
". . .According to Doug, her grandson who lives with her, she was chirpy that morning before he left for work (she was telling Doug about the news topics she was going to get off the Internet that day for Alternative News). When he got home that evening he found her collapsed and not breathing. She was resuscitated by the ambulance crew, but was taken off life support a few hours later after her heart stopped beating. A scan revealed a brain hemorrhage, perhaps a stroke. Her kids and grand kids were there with her when she passed away, telling her we all love her, and hoping she could hear us and know that we were all there with her. After they removed the tubes and allowed us back into the room she looked beautiful, peaceful and at rest. Mum has donated her body to Melbourne University for research, so there will be no funeral as such. We are planning a memorial for mum in about a month's time. . ." - Kisten
This Guest Book will remain online until 25/04/2014 courtesy of Kisten McCandless.
or read the tributes to Pauline:
Unitarian Peace Memorial Church,
Grey Street, East Melbourne.
Born in South Australia.
First job at Fauldings in Adelaide as a typist.
Went to Alice Springs in her teens where she worked for the Works and Housing Dept and the Centralian Advocate newspaper.
She moved to Melbourne in 1958 where she was the first to alert Australians to Pine Gap at a meeting in the Unitarian Church.
Married twice and raised two children and three step children.
An accomplished writer, speaker, pianist and a much loved mother and grandmother.
Some of Pauline’s activities and achievements include:
Made a Life Member of CICD in 1990.
World Peace Councillor.
Life member of 3CR.
Foundation member of the Socialist Party of Australia (SPA) now Communist Party of Australia (CPA) – a member until her death.
Member of Melbourne Unitarian Church and spoke regularly there.
Member of Union of Australian Women (UAW) & wrote and presented a monthly radio program for them on 3CR.
Recipient of the Eureka Australia Day Medal in 2006.
Helped form the Moorabbin Peace Group.
Involved in Save Our Sons.
Assistant Secretary of the Melbourne New Theatre.
Wrote plays, one of which won National New Theatre’s competition for best 3 act play. “Face of an Enemy” was about a platoon of Australian soldiers in Vietnam. It had a reading by the New Theatre during the Vietnam Moratorium Campaign.
Pauline was a very special lady and loved by everyone who knew her.
Pauline was a selfless and tireless activist who always worked for the good of all.
Pauline was always dedicated to the Peace Movement, and to my then young eyes, her passion and determination defined her.
A great many people all around Australia, and overseas, knew Pauline as a dedicated worker for world peace with justice for all. Her absence will leave a huge hole.
Her well researched radio programs will be missed but the inspiration she gave will encourage others to continue the struggle.
She was inspirational for her unflagging commitment to her principles and how she worked for those in the world. Everyone who spoke her name did so with love and awe.
You are one of the "Good Ones", an inspiration and a real hero of mine.