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Litchfield, Dame Ruby (Beatrice)locked

DBE 1981 (OBE 1959)

Born 5 Sept. 1912; d of Alfred John Skinner and Eva Hanna (née Thomas); m 1940, Kenneth Lyle Litchfield (d 1976); one d; died 14 Aug. 2001

Director, Festival City Broadcasters Ltd, 1975–86, retired (first woman appointed); Trustee, Adelaide Festival Centre, 1971–82, retired (first woman to be appointed to this position) (Life Member, 1982)


North Adelaide Primary Sch.; Presbyterian Girls’ Coll., Glen Osmond


Bd Mem., Kidney Foundn, 1968–; Chairperson: Carclew Youth Performing Arts Centre, 1972–88 (Life Patron, 1988); Families, Religion, Cultural Cttee, S Aust. Jubilee 150th, 1980–86. First woman Mem., Bd of S Aust. Housing Trust, 1962–70; Life Member: Queen Victoria Maternity Hosp., 1972 (Mem. Bd and Vice-Pres., 1953–72); Adelaide Rep. Th., 1967 (Mem. Bd, 1951–68); Hon. Life Mem., Spastic Paralysis Welfare Assoc. Inc. Mayoress of Prospect, 1954–57; Pres., Sportswomen’s Assoc., 1969–74; Mem., Divl Council, Red Cross Soc., SA, 1955–71; Councillor, Royal Dist Bush Nursing Soc., 1957–64; Member: S Aust. Davis Cup Cttee, 1952, 1963, 1968; SA Cttee of Royal Acad. of Dancing, 1961–66; Bd, Telethon Channel 9, 1969–86; Mem. Cttee, Adelaide Festival of Arts, 1960 (Mem. Bd of Govs, 1966–90); Council, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Res. Foundn, 1979–; Bd, Mary Potter Foundn (Chair, Hospice Appeal Cttee, 1988–; Life Mem., 1992); Mem. Bd, Crippled Children’s Assoc., 1976–; First Life Mem., Telethon, 1992; Patron: Adelaide Chamber Orch., 1992–; State Theatre Co. Friends Cttee, 1993–; SA Div., Internat. AIDS Meml Fund, 1993–. Silver Jubilee Medal, 1977; Advance Australia Award, 1985; S Australia Great Award, 1987


tennis (SA Hardcourt Champion, 1932–35)


Royal Commonwealth Society (Adelaide)


33 Hallett Road, Burnside, SA 5066, Australia