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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

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January 22, 2018
I just came across this sad news. I worked for Margaret at Sydney Uni Law School Library in Phillip St in the late 80s, she gave me my start in the library world, for which I am eternally grateful. She was a wonderful boss, knowledgeable and wise and with a sharp sense of humour. I remember a rather self-important QC demanding to borrow a book one day (he wasn't a library member) and giving us junior staff a hard time. He demanded to speak to the Head Librarian, so Margaret came down. He reiterated that he wanted to speak to the Head Librarian. Bad move! She didn't back down. He didn't get his book. She was always very supportive of her staff.
November 18, 2017
Firstly, my most sincere condolences to Margaret's family, friends and colleagues.
I was just browsing through the SMH and came across this sad news.

Through my work as a reference librarian at the State Library of NSW, I knew of Margaret and even remember having a telephone conversation with her one day about some holdings of material at the Sydney Uni law school library.

But our strongest connection would be our surnames as I suspect there is a family connection somewhere along the line.

With kindest regards to all who are grieving her passing, Wendy McAlees Cao
November 18, 2017
I've just now heard of Margaret's death and am very shocked, as I didn't know she was ill. We were students together at Monash University, Melbourne, 1964-7. At the end of her Honours year and my Dip.Ed. year we hitch-hiked around Tasmania together. (I have some wonderful photos of her as a young woman). We dropped out of contact, and I hadn't heard of her for years, then Monash contacted me saying she'd like to be put in touch. I rang her straightaway, as they supplied her number. As a result, I visited her a few times in Sydney, and she visited me, in Chesham, Bucks, and in Bristol (I've lived in UK since 1973). My wonderful memory was meeting her on the stairs of her library the first time, and we recognised each other instantly!I can't believe she's died.

Condolences to her family. I have lots of photos of her that I took on my visit to her in Sydney and hers to me in Bristol which I'd be happy to share with her family. Her niece here in Bristol emailed me, so I'll contact her to make contact with her brother, who I met.
November 16, 2017
Margaret was a passionate and wonderful librarian and colleague. Her experience and counsel was invaluable to me when I served as ALLA NSW president, and her unerring support for the Association was enviable. Her impact on librarians in NSW will live on! She will be sorely missed by those of us who knew and worked with her. Farewell, Margaret, go gently to your rest.
Melanie Elron.