Remembering Margaret Thorsborne

Margaret Thorsborne AO generously donated First World War mementos and precious letters which encapsulate the courage and compassion of her mother, Sister Constance Mabel Keys. These items  have been arranged in State Library’s Talbot Family Treasures Wall in the thoughtful display “Love to all, Connie”. Sadly, Ms Thorsborne passed away late last week.

“State Library of Queensland extends its sincere condolences to Ms Thorsborne’s family and friends. She was an exceptional wife, mother, daughter and friend and we are proud to be custodian of her legacy. We will preserve and share her story for generations to enjoy,” Vicki McDonald, State Librarian and CEO State Library of Queensland

State Library is dedicated to documenting the lives of Queenslanders, and Ms Thorsborne’s donation enables us to share a glimpse into the wartime experiences and dedicated service of one of Australia’s most decorated and beloved First World War nurses. We urge you to spare 10 minutes to watch this digital story in which Ms Thorsborne shares beautiful memories of her mother.

Ms Thorsborne is also remembered as champion and protector of Queensland’s environment, in particular Hinchinbrook Island and South East Queensland.  As an early supporter of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Margaret and her late husband Arthur worked tirelessly to conserve wilderness, wildlife and their habitats.  Established in 1991, the Thorsborne Trust, which funds environmental projects and educational activities, is a ongoing legacy of their commitment and dedication to Queensland’s beautiful and unique environment.  Ms Thorsborne was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011.

Margaret Thorsborne AO – 1927-2018