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Adam-Smith, Patricia Jean (31-05-1926 to 20-09-2001)
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Patsy Adam-Smith was born in Nowingi, Victoria, the daughter of railway workers. She spent her childhood in small country towns in Victoria. She was the first female radio operator on an Australian merchant ship from 1954-1960, and she worked in Hobart as an adult education officer from 1960 to 1967. She was also the manuscripts field officer for the State Library of Victoria from 1970-1982.

She wrote many popular books on Australian History, including "The Anzacs" (1978), which won The Age Book of the Year Award, "Australian Women at War" (1984) and "Prisoners of War" (1992). Her autobiography was in two parts, "Hear the Train blow" and "Goodbye Girlie".
In 1994 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to community history. She also received an Order ogf the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honour's List in 1980 for services to literature.

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