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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Nancy Giese
Name: Giese, N. (Nancy), 1922- 2012
Also known as: Giese, Nan
Wilson, Nancy
Giese, Nancy
Date of Death: 2012-05-08
Date of Birth: 1922-01-31
Occupation: Teacher
Chancellor, Northern Territory University, 1993 - 2004
Biographical notes: Nan was educated at Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School and the University of Queensland. She worked as a teacher, then married Harry Giese in 1946, travelling with him to Darwin in 1954 when he was appointed Director of Welfare in the Northern Territory Administration. As an educator, Nan led organisations pioneering tertiary education in the Territory, including the Darwin Community College, the first in Australia, which became the Institute of Technology and then the Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University). From the late 1960s she played a major part in building up arts organisations, and served on the Arts Council of the Northern Territory, the North Australian Eisteddfod Council, the National Council of Women, the Darwin Performing Arts Centre, and the Museums and Art Galleries Board of the NT. Nationally, she served on the Music Board of the Australia Council - she was its Vice-President from 1975-80 and the Australia Council. Nan also served on the Darwin Hospital Board. When in 2004 she was made Doctor of Education honoris causa, the citation noted that she had given ‘outstanding service to the Northern Territory community, particularly in education and the arts’. Her contributions have been recognised by a number of awards and honours.
Honours and Awards: Tribute to Northern Territory Women 2005.
Doctor of Education, honoris causa, Northern Territory University 2004.
Administrator's Medal 2003.
Centenary Medal 2003.
Northern Territory Senior Australian of the Year 2001.
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 1997.
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 1978.
Member of the British Empire (MBE) 1970.
Related link: PictureNT : 8 Top FM
Nancy Giese, 'a true pioneer within our community'
Who's Who in Australia. Adelaide : Fred Johns, 1927-.
Biographical Cuttings on Nan Giese, Containing One or More Cuttings from Newspapers or Journals.
"Pioneering NT Spirit", Northern Territory News, 12 May 2012 p.13.
Nancy (Nan) Giese Collection
The Australian Women’s Register : Giese, Nancy (1922-)
PictureNT : AGM of Country Women's Association
eNews : Chancellor Thomas also acknowledged the tireless work of former Chancellors, Nancy Giese AO and the Honourable Austin Asche AC QC.
Charles Darwin University : Media release: Former Chancellor honoured with gallery tribute
Who's Who of Australian Women : A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Australian Women. North Melbourne: Crown Content, 2009.
PublicationNT : Giese, Nan. The Darwin Institute of Technology : A Historical Perspective. Darwin : State Reference Library of the Northern Territory, 1990.
A Celebration of Life : Nancy (Nan) Giese, AO OBE, Doctor of Education, honoris causa, 1922-2012
Friends, former colleagues celebrate Nan Giese’s life
Nancy Giese Archives Collection
Nan Giese Gallery
Radar: 3rd Year emerging artists
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