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Awarded for Human Rights
Born: 2 April 1926
Died: 4 November 2020
Entered on roll: 2015
Audrey Moore has worked tirelessly for over 50 years to rid the world of war and violence.
Audrey’s commitment to peace and non-violence has been informed by the aftermath of the wartime experiences of her father and husband.
Audrey’s father, who was in the British Army, was a prisoner of war in World War One and suffered mental illness thereafter. He was hospitalised for 47 years and died at the age of 75. Audrey’s mother coped as a single parent during the Depression with no government help and the stigma of her husband’s illness.
Audrey trained as a nurse and met her husband-to-be, Jim, as a patient, marrying him in 1949. The back injuries he sustained while on operations in the Pacific caused ongoing hospital treatment and eventual TPI status.
Audrey’s life has been synonymous in Tasmania with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She has at various times held the position of a member, president, treasurer, national executive member, archivist and oral historian. Her creative skills are well known and she has helped organise 12 exhibitions with like-minded groups including the Children of the Gulf War exhibition in 2002.
Audrey has worked to raise community awareness against violence on television, chemical weapons, United States military bases, nuclear energy and stopping the arms race. She has found practical ways to promote human rights and peace locally, nationally and internationally. Among the many projects that she has organised or championed are the Peace Car project, anti-war toys education programs, anti-nuclear awareness, the national Junior Media Peace Prize, peace studies at Adult Education and letter writing to Members of Parliament and the media.
While active in WILPF, the organisation received the United Nations Association Australia Peace Award in 1986 and 1996. Audrey was awarded a TASDEC award and a Tasmanian Award for Humanitarian Activities in 1996.