Ann Darwin

Deaf Australia Remembers Life Member – Mrs Ann Darwin

Mrs Darwin passed away on January 22, 2017. She was an active member of the deaf community and was involved with Deaf Australia (formerly known as Australian Association of the Deaf) from 1994 until 2015, making her the longest serving board member of the organisation.

She served in various roles including President (2004-2006 and 2010-2013), Secretary (1996-2004 and 2006-2010) and board member. She retired from the board in 2015.

While Ann was at Deaf Australia, she served with five presidents, Ms Bobbie Blackson, Mr Colin Allen, Dr Robert Adam, Mr Kyle Miers and Mr Todd Wright , and four executives, Ms Carol-Lee Aquiline, Mr Brett Casey, Ms Karen Lloyd AM and Mr Kyle Miers.

Deaf Australia awarded Mrs Ann Darwin Honorary Life Membership in 2006.

Mrs Darwin was also a long serving board member of Deaf Victoria (formerly known as Victorian Council of Deaf People), including many years as president; and the board of Vicdeaf.

Her enormous generosity and passion for the deaf community, her kind, encouraging and optimistic personality and selflessness will be greatly missed by us all.

We extend our deepest sympathy to her beloved husband Barry, children Fiona and Andrew, sons-in-law Mark and Paul and grandchildren Mitchell and Henry.

The family have requested that, instead of flowers, a donation be made to Deaf Australia in memory of Ann’s lifelong work and for championing the rights of Deaf people.


Please note that the bank account details provided on the hand-outs at Ann’s funeral were incorrect. Here are the correct details: Deaf Australia Inc | BSB 112-879 | Account number: 003 679 514 | Reference: AD-(your name). Alternatively, you can use the form below and make your donation via credit card.


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