30.4.41 – 2.1.15
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts mourn the death of our esteemed colleague Margaret who died January 21st, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Margaret was a big presence in ANZSJA bringing a feisty energy reminiscent of her favourite Irish Goddess Bridget. Margaret was one of the first two analysts to emerge from a wholly ANZSJA training in the 1990s. Margaret went on to contribute generously to the professional life of ANZSJA working especially with the development of training. Initially Margaret functioned as the ANZSJA Training Secretary. She was Director of Training from 2005 to 2011. Her commitment to the trainees was wholehearted, passionate and devoted. Her fierce spirit, pulling together various people’s ideas and experience, allowed a different training project within ANZJSA to emerge into a new structure culminating with the Songlines and Haerenga Model of Training which began in 2006. Margaret presented this model at the Montreal conference in 2006 and had an article on training published in the Journal of Analytical Psychology in 2008. Margaret served on most committees in ANZSJA, including the Ethics Committee, the Professional Development Committee, and the ANZSJA Executive Council. She mentored many analysts into new functions in their professional life.
Margaret was initially raised in Melbourne and then in the interior of Australia, before relocating to Perth as a young woman. Margaret married and had three children of whom she was very proud. Prior to engaging in the Jungian world Margaret worked as a nurse, and later as advocate for equal opportunity. Margaret lived in various cities prior to her final years in Melbourne, living in Perth and Sydney for many years. She was a traveller, cherished her Irish ancestry, loved driving her BMW, and immensely enjoyed watching her favourite football team the Sydney Swans – it was best not to telephone her when a game was on. She loved all things Italian and she was a wonderful hostess making the best minestrone around. Margaret was a passionate feminist, devout Catholic and a soul woman. She was devoted to her analytic work with her patients, trainees and colleagues. She is missed by her community and we acknowledge with love her contribution.
by Joy Norton