With heavy hearts and memories galore, the Directors and staff of Sydney Eisteddfod are mourning the passing of Margaret Callingham OAM who died after a long illness.
Loved and valued by all who knew her, Margaret became interested in Sydney Eisteddfod when her talented daughter Lisa began singing and dancing on its stages. As an ‘eisteddfod mum,’ Margaret became friends with everyone and when she noticed how hard the staff had to work to present every event, she volunteered her services and was soon showing her skills as a session manager.
Always kindly and extremely sensible, Margaret worked with Sydney Eisteddfod for some 20 years, and during this period she developed into one of its greatest assets. Her commitment to helping Sydney Eisteddfod showed true dedication, living in the Central Coast she spent a great deal of time commuting to Sydney to volunteer.
Margaret loved helping people all the year round. A friend to many, she assisted ailing neighbours, she helped teach children to swim and worked as volunteer with the local Surf Life-Saving Unit on Umina Beach. In 2009 Sydney Eisteddfod showed its appreciation by successfully obtaining a Medal of The Order of Australia (OAM) to acknowledge her contribution. She was amazed, humbled and secretively pleased by this honour, but always said that she could ‘not-for-the-life-of-her understand how anyone could think she deserved it.’
Everyone connected with Sydney Eisteddfod will miss Margaret. She was without doubt a very special person and will be remembered forever by all who knew her.
Sydney Eisteddfod extends sincerest sympathies to her son Brett Callingham, daughter Lisa Marshall (Callingham), son-in-law Ralph and grand-daughter Chloe.