Vale: Jeanie Walker

Golf NSW Honorary Member Jeanie Walker passed away on 13 May 2022. She was 83. 

Born in Lismore, Ms Walker began her golfing life as a Business Associate at Roseville Golf Club in the early 1960’s. She then moved to The Australian Golf Club for a period, before eventually joining Manly Golf Club.  

Jeanie’s father encouraged her to take up golf. At one stage her father was on the NSW Golf Association’s Match Committee and was a delegate from The Australian Golf Club. 

Jeanie began her working life with the Australian Broadcasting Commission (now Corporation) in 1968 as a shorthand/typist. She then worked her way up as a researcher, then radio producer, and for the final 15 years of her full-time working life, as a Broadcast Officer in the ABC’s Document Archives; her area of expertise the radio period 1932-1966 (the date ABC television began). 

During her time at the national broadcaster, Jeanie gathered material Australia-wide for the Sport Department and carried out oral history recordings with past employees of the ABC about their working life and experience at the ABC.

A life-long student, Jeanie furthered her education at Sydney University, graduating with an Honours degree in Fine Arts, before embarking on an interdisciplinary Masters, combining (Australian) History, Geography, Politics, Literature, and Fine Arts. She emerged with an overall High Distinction result for the research components of her degree. 

After her retirement from the ABC at the end of 1993, Jeanie was asked back numerous times to work as a casual in the Radio Archives, as well as fill in positions in other areas such as Classic-FM, and on Margaret Throsby’s program as a researcher. 

Beginning in 1997, Jeanie researched the women’s sections of the Manly Golf Club history book, “One Hundred Years of Golf at Manly,” and wrote the text of this book which was launched in May 2003. 

She has since written other history articles for the club and gave talks at Manly Golf Club, Golf Collectors Society, and Women’s Golf NSW. 

Jeanie, along with her colleague, Joanne Wilson, and in association with The History Company, served as the Honorary Archivist at Women’s Golf NSW (2004-2010). She setup an archives database and boxed collection to store records, memorabilia, and photos. She also created the brief history of Women’s Golf NSW (found in the 2010 Women’s Golf NSW Annual Report – pp. 80-84). 

Together with Professor Colin Tatz and John Pearson, a joint publication was produced by the British and Australian Golf Collectors’ Societies in 2007 on “Writing a Golf Club History – Some Experiences.” 

During the 2009 AGM, Women’s Golf NSW presented Jeanie Walker with an Honorary Membership for her service to the organization and women’s golf. This was extended to Golf NSW during the merger in 2010.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jeanie Walker’s family and friends. 

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