Monday, May 9, 2011

Vale Betty Cox (nee Malthus) 1925 - 2011

Betty Malthus was appointed Chief Librarian of  Blacktown Municipal Council in 1966 to plan and establish a public library in Blacktown. The library opened in April 1967 and was an immediate success with the population.  Prior to her appointment at Blacktown, Betty was Chief Librarian of Manly Municipal Library for the period 1961 to 1966.
While Betty was at Blacktown Library, she planned and managed the establishment of 4 branch libraries (Lalor Park - 1968, Mount Druitt - 1977, Riverstone – 1978, Quakers Hill – 1983). She was also instrumental in the planning and organisation of the move to a new building for Blacktown library, renamed the Max Webber Library in 1980. She also oversaw the expansion of Lalor Park branch from a children’s only to a full adult and children’s library.
During her stewardship of the library service, many innovative programmes and co-operative ventures were developed, resulting in the library being named “the best” library in Sydney by the Sydney Morning Herald in 1981.
Betty acknowledged that playing a role in the rapidly changing development in the Blacktown Council area was rewarding both professionally and personally. Her contribution to the development of the library service and Blacktown up till her retirement in 1990 was incalculable and should always be remembered.
Betty is survived by beloved husband Laurie Cox.


Judith Anne Jackson said...

Thank you for your lovely report written about Betty. Laurie her husband is sitting beside me as I read it. He is now in care at (Wynward Mannor Chiswick)He still has not retired but is getting used to the idea. Regards Judy Jackson Laurie's daughter

Judith Anne Jackson said...

Thank you for your lovely contribution about Betty Cox nee Malthus she was my step mother. Laurie Cox is sitting beside me as I read this report he is enjoying being at Wynward Mannor and is getting used to the idea of retirement. Judy Jackson