Distinguished Old Girls

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Among the Old Girls of Roseville College are many distinguished women, who became leaders in Australian society. The College recognises and salutes the life-time achievements of the following Old Girls.

Emma Scholl
Associate Principal Flute with the Sydney Symphony, Emma has also won 2MBS Young Performer of the Year 1997, Symphony Australia Young Performers' Award "Other Instruments" winner 2001, National Orchestral Flute Competition Winner 1999 and National Solo Flute Competitin in 2002. Emma has toured throughout Europe and Asia and performed as a guest Principal with numerous orchestras worldwide. Emma teaches for the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Australian National Academy of Music.

Diane Purkiss
Fellow and Tutor of English at Keble College, Oxford She specialises in Renaissance and women's literature, witchcraft and the English Civil War. Purkiss also writes children's books with her son, Michael Dowling, under the pseudonym Tobias Druitt.

Sue Lennox
CEO and Co-Founder of OzGREEN, a company which inspires and enables people to work for environmental change. OzGREEN and Sue's work has been recognised widely by many national and international awards including the UN Media Peace award. She is an Australia Day Ambassador, has received the Manly Daily Centenary Medal for services to the environment (2006), Banksia Environmental Awards, Environmental Educator of the Year (1998) and in 2007 was named as one of Sydney's Top 100 Most Influential People by The Sydney Magazine.

Joan Redshaw OAM
Roseville College 1930s: A paediatrician and general practitioner, Joan spent most of her career as a GP in country NSW. Among other prominent roles, Joan was President of the NSW Medical Women’s Society, 1973-74, President of the International Medical Women’s Association, 1980-82, a life member of the National Council of Women and from 1977-78 was a member of the Women’s Advisory Council to the Premier. Joan was awarded her Order of Australia Medal in 1981 for her service to community.

Rosemary Marriott AM
Roseville College 1940s - 1950s: Teacher, singer, harpist and dancer, Rosemary founded Merrymakers in 1978 – a group dedicated to trying to help mentally handicapped people of all ages using movement therapy with music, song and dance. The Merrymakers group was the subject of a documentary in 2007 called ‘The Music in Me’. Rosemary was awarded the Advance Australia Award in 1991 and Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1992 for her outstanding contribution in services to the disabled. Rosemary died in 1994 but her legacy still lives on enriching the lives of people with a disability. 

If you are an Old Girl who has achieved something extraordinary, or you know an Old Girl who has, and would like to contribute to this new feature on our website, please email web@roseville.nsw.edu.au.