Beryl Elaine Jacka
Beryl Jacka joined the AusIMM as a typist in 1936 and became acting secretary in 1945. She was officially appointed secretary in 1948 and over the next 28 years she played a vital role in the Institute’s growth from 1200 members in 14 branches to 6500 in 35 branches.
Beryl regularly visited Institute branches and attended overseas congresses. As secretary she reported to the AusIMM Council – the precursor to the modern AusIMM Board – and she was a trusted source of wisdom for many Institute presidents.
On her retirement in 1976, AusIMM President C H Martin praised ‘the concentration, the search for perfection, and the originality of ideas which characterise Miss Jacka’s services’ in awarding her honorary membership of the Institute – a remarkable tribute in a then male-dominated profession.
The Institute’s ‘Beryl Jacka Award’ was established in 1993 to recognise members who, like Beryl, ‘demonstrated extraordinary and sustained service to the AusIMM.’
A more detailed biography of Beryl Jacka is available at the Australian Dictionary of Biography.