Margaret Grutzner was the youngest
founding executive members of the
Australian Association of Social (AASW).
She was one of four young Australian
social workers selected by the Australian
Red Cross Society in 1944 to undertake
the Mental Health Certificate at the
London School of Economics, thus
becoming one of Australia's first specialist
psychiatric social workers.
Image Caption: Group of six women social workers in Australia. Photo by Sam Hood, 1916-ca.1955.
Viva was active in starting the
Queensland branch of the Association of
Australian Social Workers of which she
was the first president. Among other
posts, she had several stints as an
educator at the University of Sydney.
Viva Murphy’s activism continued in later
years when she became a founding
member of the Paddington Society,
Australia's first resident activist
organization that worked to preserve the
historic suburb of Paddington in Sydney.
Image Caption: Ithaca Fire Station in Enoggera Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane, ca. 1942