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Mary Reibey Scholarship 2012

03 April 2012

This scholarship offers you, the businesswomen of Australia, the opportunity to further your expertise in core business disciplines. The scholarship is available to one regional woman and one metropolitan woman. 

It takes the form of enrolment in the five and a half day residential General Manager Program conducted by AGSM Executive Programs valued at $14,300 (incl GST). For more information on the course, please refer to this link.

The winner of the scholarship has the choice of attending the General Manager Program on 26 to 31August 2012 or 18 to 23 November 2012 at Level 7, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney. Any airfares required to attend will be covered by the Scholarship. The Scholarship must be taken in the year of its issue.

After the Scholarship is undertaken, the winner will be featured on The Ruby Connection’s Women@Work page and will be invited to attend a Westpac Ruby event and will be invited to join the AGSM Executive Alliance.


The General Manager Program is designed for General and Divisional Managers responsible for managing performance, as well as senior managers being groomed for a place on the executive team, and business owners leading a team of employees.

To be eligible, you must:

•Deliver a clear reason for undertaking the General Manager Program

•Have a good understanding of your current business, from operations to strategy, technology and people 

•Demonstrate leadership ability, exceptional team work and interpersonal skills

•Possess superior verbal and written communication skills

•Have solid personal integrity and business ethics

•Be a Westpac customer

•Be open to receiving publicity for winning the Scholarship

•Be available to enrol in the General Manager Program in 2012.



To apply for the Scholarship, please express in 500 words or less how your business or career would benefit from attending the course and attach to that expression a one-page curriculum vitae. Please also include if you are applying for the regional or metro scholarship. 

You are invited to submit your application to by 9am on Monday 21st May 2012.



The winner will be contacted on Tuesday 29th May 2012.


More about Mary

The Scholarship is named in honour of Mary Reibey who in the early 1800s was legendary in Sydney as the most successful businesswoman in the colony.

At 15 years of age, Mary Haydock arrived in Sydney aboard the convict ship Royal Admiral. Two years earlier, the orphan was accused and convicted for horse stealing despite a plea of participating in a youthful prank. The sentence was seven years in the Colony of New South Wales. 

On arrival Mary was assigned duties as a nursemaid in a Major’s household.  Two years later she married the free-settler, Thomas Reibey, formerly of the East India Company. 

With this trading experience, Thomas set up his own company, Entally House. By 1803, Entally House owned three boats and traded coal and wheat up the Hawkesbury and Hunter Rivers. 

With the purchase of a schooner in 1807, its trading coverage extended to the Pacific Islands.

On Thomas’s pre-mature death in 1811, Mary was left with seven children and control of the operations of Entally House which included rural properties, sealing in the Bass Strait, as well as overseas trading.

Mary did have experience in the business, having looked after its operations during Thomas’s frequent trading journeys. She proved to be resilient and enterprising in taking on Entally House.

By 1812 Mary had expanded operations through opening a new warehouse in George Street, purchasing two more ships and acquiring extensive property holdings in the Sydney CBD.

A special relationship with Westpac arises in this story as the first Bank of New South Wales opened in 1817 in a property built by the late Thomas Reibey and leased by Mary Reibey.

Having established her wealth, in her retirement Mary took an active interest in the church, education and charity. In recognition for her philanthropy, Mary appears on the Australian $20 note.


Good Luck and we look forward to receiving your application!



  • Georgia Stryker

    Georgia Stryker 8 years ago

    Thanks Vicki for your comment. We think she is great too!

  • Vicki Sauvage

    Vicki Sauvage 8 years ago

    I have been following the Mary Reibey scholarship with great interest for quite some time - in fact because of the scholarship I did some research on her - what a fascinating and compelling woman. From highway woman to philanthropist.