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Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgibbon OAM – Final Year 1943

Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgibbon OAM passed peacefully on 8 June, aged 91. Maggie left the College in 1943 and in 2019 was inducted into our Past Pupils of Distinction.Maggie enjoyed a tremendous career as a singer and performer where she worked with stars including Noel Coward, Danny La Rue, Benny Hill, Morecombe and Wise, Ronnie Corbett, Tony Hancock, Max Bygraves, Jule Styne, Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim. After finding fame in ‘Kiss Me Kate’ she headed for London and became a regular in pantomimes, performed in cabaret, played the female lead in a TV series and appeared in Bruce Beresford’s, ‘Sunstruck’. She also hosted her own show, ‘Maggie’s Place’.Upon returning to Australia in 1978, Maggie became heavily involved in her local community. She found the plight of homeless and jobless young people a particular challenge that she wanted to solve, so she provided a cottage on her property for them to undergo rehabilitation.

In 2002, she was awarded an OAM for services to the community. In January, in a conversation with College Archivist, Damian Smith, Maggie expressed “I have such wonderful memories of my time at Kilbreda. Such strong women”. May she have everlasting joy!