Pittwater Life July 2017 Issue

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to her grandmother’s house in Sydney. Then from 1949 until

she married at the age of 27 she lived with her oldest brother,

Bert.

She became a fundraiser for The NSW Society for Crippled

Children, joining the Nunyara committee to raise funds for a

meeting room for older children. It was while she was making a

fundraising speech that she caught the eye of Tom Molloy. “We

called this house Nunyara. It’s an Aboriginal word meaning ‘a

place of peace’.

“I married the most marvelous man, and he thought I could

do anything,” says Margaret. As a result, she has never been

afraid to take on a challenge. One was accepting her nephew’s

nomination of her for secretary of the NSW Debating Union.

Soon after, the Salvation Army suggested a prison program

called Rehabilitation Through Education, and for six years she

taught debating in maximum security prisons.

Although she never thought she would become a journalist, she

has written and taught writing for much of her life and is author

of several books, including A Century of Flying Sailors about the

Sydney Flying Squadron. She attended Prince Charles and Lady

Diana’s wedding in St Paul’s Cathedral as a journalist for the

Shoalhaven News, as well as the marriage of Prince Andrew and

Sarah Ferguson. She also represented the Sydney Journalists Club

at the 100th anniversary of the London Press Club.

In 2009 Margaret received an Order of Australia Medal for

her service to the community of West Pittwater, which was

presented to her by the then Governor of NSW, Honorable Marie

Bashir, who said at the presentation: “This is for 55 years of

voluntary service to this great nation of ours.”

She has been a member of West Pittwater Community

Association since 1970 and is considered an integral part of the

Western foreshore.

In the 1990s, the West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade wanted a

boat, but the Rural Fire Service Headquarters were not willing

to give it one, so Margaret became the driving force to raise

$30,000 to build one.

“I was asked to launch it, and when I enquired what the boat

was called, I was told you weren’t allowed to name a fire boat.

Having broken a bottle of champagne, and said, ‘God bless this

craft and all who use her’ I was told to uncover the hatch. There

on the hull was written ‘The Margaret Molloy’.”

“At a meeting years later it was announced that the Rural

Fire Service Headquarters were giving us a new boat. Someone

asked what would happen to the old one and was told, ‘We’re

going to wait until she dies, then put her in it and scuttle it to

make the Molloy fishing hole!’.”

Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Margaret with her OAM on the deck of her

home; architect Richard Leplastrier contemplates the design; the house

set back from the converted boatshed; sons Scott and David in the 1970s;

With friends and husband Tom (right) at the blessing of the home; the kids

learning to handle the oars in the early 1970s; and back from a successful

afternoon’s fishing.

Celebrating 25 Years

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