• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: IMP0170

Ruston, Gertrude Winifred

(1897 – 1985)
  • Born 15 April, 1897, East Ham Essex England
  • Died 7 January, 1985, Perth Western Australia Australia
  • Occupation Child welfare advocate, Community activist, Educationist


Gertrude Ruston was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil) on 13 June 1970 for services to the community. Ruston was state secretary of the Women’s Service Guild for over six years, convener of the committee for Mentally Retarded Children, vice-president of the Slow Learning Children’s Group and Honorary life member. She served as a member on the Western Australian committee on Access for Disabled for many years and assisted in the producing of the Guide to Perth for the Handicapped. One of her most outstanding services was the establishment of the Citizens Advice Bureau in Perth. Ruston also was involved with the establishment of Council of Social Service of Western Australia, Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Perth Emergency Housekeeper Service.

Published resources

  • Newspaper Article
    • Well-known figure in WA community services dies aged 88, 1985
  • Book
    • The Clock of Time, or, From Venturesome Pom to Dinkum Aussie, Ruston, Gertrude, 1983
  • Photograph
    • Women's Service Guilds members at unveiling of plaque on board the M V Kabbarli, West Australian Newspapers, 1954
  • Resource
  • Site Exhibition

Related entries

  • Related Organisations
    • Women's Service Guilds of Western Australia (1909 - 1997)