Phyllis Frost (1917 – 2004) welfare worker, philanthropist
Dame Phyllis Frost’s Christian philosophy of love your neighbour and treat others as you would like to be treated, together with the belief that it is only in helping others that the human spirit can achieve happiness and rest, underpinned her work.
Among many causes she was devoted to, Dame Phyllis chaired the Victorian Women’s Prisons Council for many years, established the Keep Australia Beautiful movement, worked for Freedom from Hunger and raised millions of dollars for charity.
She was appointed as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on January 1, 1974, for outstanding service to the community, having been appointed as Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1963.
In 2000, the Victorian government recognised her achievements with women prisoners by renaming the Deer Park Metropolitan Women’s Correctional Centre the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.
Her Christian philosophy of love your neighbour and treat others as you would like to be treated, together with the belief that it is only in helping others that the human spirit can achieve happiness and rest, underpinned her work.
Educated at Presbyterian Ladies College and the University of Melbourne, where she met her late husband, Glenn, Dame Phyllis trained as a physiotherapist and returned later to university to study criminology in order to better understand the minds of female offenders.
She worked to assist women in prisons with their diets and to keep their babies with them as they served their sentences.
Dame Phyllis Frost: Nothing Like A Dame
Bernadette Clohesy : http://www.qbd.com.au/product/9780734405555-Dame_Phyllis_Frost_Nothing_Like_A_Dame_by_Bernadette_Clohesy.htm
The Dame Phyllis Frost Centre : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dame_Phyllis_Frost_Centre
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