• RIP Dame Leonie Kramer DBE AC

    RIP Dame Leonie Kramer DBE AC

    Published 21st April

    In the early hours of Wednesday 20th April, the eve of HM the Queen’s 90th birthday, Dame Leonie Kramer passed away  at the age of 91.

    Dame Leonie was National President of the Australia-Britain Society from 1984 until handing over the reins to Sir Zelman Cowen in 1993.

    An indisputably influential figure, Dame Leonie was also often controversial.

    Born in Melbourne, she was taught at Presbyterian Ladies’ College and studied at the University of Melbourne after which she graduated from Oxford University where she also tutored.

    She was Chancellor of the University of Sydney from 1991 to 2001 and also served on the Board of the ABC (as the first female Chairman), Institute of Public Affairs, NSW Electricity Commission, National Institute of Dramatic Art, Western Mining Corporation and ANZ Bank.

    Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, said “…a dedicated and resonating figure in the University, Dame Leonie was always a powerful champion of effective education. Her early years as an academic were built around her passion for Australian literature, with her books and fearless intellectual rigour stimulating vigorous debate in the arts community. We have not only lost a valued member of the university community, but also a significant figure in public life. The university expresses its condolences to Dame Leonie’s family and her large community.



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