DAUGHTER OF OLD FAIRBRIDGIAN HONOURED WITH ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

MARGARET TODD – 1921-1993
Fairbridge Farm Pinjarra WA.
1932 TO 1937

Margaret Todd arrived in Fremantle on the Jervis Bay on the 13th May 1932 aged 11 for her new life at Fairbridge. Like many child migrants, her migration to Australia resulted in her having very limited contact with her siblings, aunts and uncles
from whom she was separated. This was a very great sadness to her and her family.

Margaret and her second husband, Doug, created their own community in Armadale WA with neighbours and friends offering them valued connection for themselves and their three children Graham, Pam and Denise.

Margaret’s first contact with her siblings was 52 years later in 1975 when her sister Sally visited WA.

 

Sally (left) & Margaret

Margaret felt very privileged when she was able to return to the United Kingdom in early 1980’s to make acquaintance with those family members who remained alive.

Margaret strived throughout her life to be a good Mother. Graham, Pam and Denise give honour to their mother. They respect her courage and fortitude in beating the odds she faced to become a
person of integrity with compassion for others and above all a great mum

Margaret would have been proud of her youngest daughter Denise Follett, who on June 8 2015 was appointed as a member of the ‘Order of Australia’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her commitment to youth mental health services in WA.
‘Denise receiving recognition at the 21st birthday of a specialist youth mental health service she established in 1991.’

Margaret would have been equally proud of her other children. Graham, having carved out a very successful career in various spheres of transport from his beginnings as a truck driver;
Owner-driver of and in the sale of heavy haulage vehicles; is currently the Metro Area Manager of a state wide transport company.

Pam’s early working life was in retail and business management, but she went on to have a long career in Education ( 38 years ) in a variety of roles as an early childhood Education Assistant and Library Officer until her retirement in 2012 . An outstanding contribution with many roles including working with students with special needs.

Serendipitously, for part of her professional life, Denise worked alongside Frank Wood, current secretary of Old Fairbridgians Association, providing special education to children whose behavioural and emotional problems resulted in their exclusion from schools
Thanks to Pam and Denise for this article.