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LYN CLARK

Lyn began her working life as a primary school teacher at Ceduna Area School and Paringa Park Primary School before marrying and moving to Victoria where she worked as a telephonist/ receptionist and then a research library assistant.

Through her husband, John, Lyn was introduced to the sport of archery where she competed successfully in "flight" archery (which is shooting an arrow as far as possible). - see opposite.

Her competitive shooting was quite limited, but she spent a lot of time teaching archery in schools, and helping with the establishment of the Diamond Valley Archers, in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Both she and John are Foundation and Life Members of DVA.

From 1986 to 1998, Lyn worked as an administrator for the Media Studies and Cinema Studies departments of La Trobe University, Melbourne.

In 1989, Lyn began collecting dolls and it is this collection that forms the basis of River Dolls of Goolwa, a museum display which opened in November 1999. Although this collection has come from all parts of the world, it specialises in Australian dolls, Barbie (R) dolls and those representing celebrities. Many of Lyn's dolls were used in the 40 Years of Barbie display which was part of the annual Adelaide Doll and Teddy Bear show. River Dolls of Goolwa is now the largest private collection of dolls on display in South Australia.

Alexandrina Mayor Kym McHugh, Telstra Country Wide Area Manager Lawrie Mortimer and Lyn Clark - January 26, 2002

Lyn was involved with the Fleurieu RITE group which promoted the development of small business in the tourism area of the Fleurieu Penisula, south of Adelaide, South Australia.

Lyn and John were part of the organising committee for the Centenary of Federation Source to Sea activities in Goolwa in 2001. Lyn coordinated the Telstra Country Wide Town Tin Kettling - Ring Around the River. This event won the Australia Day Event of the Year in 2002.

Lyn is actively involved in organising community events including the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

In April 2003, Lyn was awarded the Centenary Medal in recognition of her services to the community, especially for the Australian Centenary of Federation.

Lyn conducted a feasibility study into the introduction of Cittaslow (slow towns) for the historic River Port of Goolwa. This was accepted by the Community of Goolwa and endorsed by the Alexandrina Council. Lyn successfully led a Working Party which guided Goolwa through the Cittaslow assessment process. Goolwa became the first Cittaslow in Australia in March 2007. See more details on the SABA website.

In November 2007, Lyn's community work was recognised with an SA Great Award.

In January 2008, the Goolwa Cittaslow Accreditation was awarded the Australia Day 2008 Community Event of the Year by the Alexandrina Council.

Lyn is a member of the Southern Alexandrina Business Association (SABA) and is actively involved with the Goolwa Traders which established the very popular annual Goolwa Alive street market.

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(08) 8555 5801 International: +61 8 8555 5801

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(08) 8555 5999 International: +61 8 8555 5999

Postal Address

33 Cadell Street,
Goolwa, SA, 5214
Australia

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