by Cathy Jones
Alderman (1987-2000) and Mayor (1991-2 & 1995/6)
Eve Dutton (1928 – 14 October 2014) was a long-term resident of Strathfield and served as Mayor and Councillor of Strathfield Council.
Eve attended Meriden School as a boarder in the 1930s and was an active supporter of the school throughout her life.
She worked at the University of Sydney and Permanent Trustee and was awarded a Diploma in Design and Diploma in Teaching. She was employed in the School of Art and Design, TAFE New South Wales from c1960s to 1986. She was the Head of the Design Branch, Randwick Technology College, from 1978 to 1976.
Eve served as a councillor of Strathfield Council for three successive terms from 1987 to 2000 representing the Liberal Party. She was elected Mayor in 1991-92 and 1995-96 and was the first woman to be elected Mayor of Strathfield.
In June 1997, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to local government, and to the community through a range of aged care, charitable, educational and service groups. She was involved in a wide range of community activities mainly based in Strathfield.
Eve served as a Board Member of Our Lady of Loreto Nursing Home which was operated by the St Vincent de Paul Society from 1990-1998. She was a Board Member of the Strathfield Home for the Aged for 8 years.
She assisted older persons from non-English speaking backgrounds in nursing homes at Strathfield and Lewisham by volunteering as an English tutor. She also worked as a volunteer teacher for the Exodus Foundation.
Eve served as patron and an office holder of the Strathfield Lantern Club, the fundraising auxiliary of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and volunteered for many years for Homebush-Strathfield Meals on Wheels.
Eve was a long-term member of the Rotary Club of Strathfield and had served as Assistant Treasurer, Attendance Recorder and fundraiser.
She was a member of the New South Wales Legal Services Tribunal from 1993 to 1996 and made a Justice of the Peace in 1973.
Ms Dutton recorded an Oral History with Strathfield Council in 2003, which is held at Strathfield Library.
Burge, R, 2003, Oral History Eve Dutton, interviewed 31 January and 18 February 2003
Eve Dutton is shown 2nd from the left at a meeting of the Board of Our Lady of Loretto Strathfield c.1995