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National Council of Women of Australia (1931 - )

From
1931
Occupations
Voluntary organisation
Website
http://www.ncwa.org.au/
Location
NCWA, Unit 2, 39 Geils Court, Deakin West ACT 2600 Phone: 02 6285 2337 Fax: 02 6282 7191 Email: info@ncwa.org.au

Summary

The National Council of Women of Australia was founded in 1931, with Ivy Moss as President, to act as an umbrella organisation for the existing National Councils of Women in each state. The first of these, the National Council of Women of New South Wales, had been formed in 1896. Like all National Councils of Women, it functions as a political lobby group, attempting to influence local, state and federal governments as well as participating in international activities through its affiliation with the International Council of Women (established in 1888 at Seneca Falls in the United States of America) which has consultative status with the United Nations.

The national Council grew out of the Federal Council of the National Council of Women, which had been established in 1924 'with the object of enhancing the power of the [state] Councils in dealing with matters of Australian concern.' Later, Councils established in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory also affiliated with this national body. Until the 1940s at least, the Council was a major focal point for middle-class women's activism.

The current aims of NCWA are:
To work for the removal of all discrimination against women and to promote the equal status of women and men in law and in fact.
To act as a link for networking and a co-ordinator between State and Territory Councils of Women.
To act as a voice or Agent of communication at national and international levels on issues and concerns of women.
To develop national policies and responsibilities on behalf of women on an Australia wide basis.
To maintain the affiliation with the International Council of Women and monitor the implementation of its plans of action and policies at national level.

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Each State and Territory has its own brnach of the National Council of Women, and these in turn have affiliated with them a number of women's organisations with a wide diversity of aims and goals. But the common linkage is to improve the status of and conditions for women and their families in Australia.

To ensure that Australia was accorded a National presence on the International scene, the National Council of Women of Australia was established by the State and Territory Councils in 1931 to deal with issues affecting women and their families at a National and International level.

This body was preceded by the Federal Council of the National Council of Women, 1924-31 - records of which are contained in MS 7583, NLA, (http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/findaids/7583.html).

Sources used to compile this entry: http://www.ncwa.org.au/ accessed 07062002 and Ada Norris, Champions of the Impossible, pp. 66-8.

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Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Jean Fleming Arnot - personal and professional papers, 1890-1995, 1890 - 1995, MLMSS 3147 ADD-ON 2070/1-15; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • State Library of New South Wales - Jean Arnot interviewed by Rosemary Block about her role in the development of the National Council of Women of Australia, 1994, 1994, Z MLOH 162; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Papers of Joyce McConnell, 1960 - 1989, MS 8260; McConnell, Joyce Marion (1916 - 1991); National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Dame Ada May Norris Papers, 1920 - 1980, MS90/109; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Digital resources

Title
NCWA President Necia Mocatta with conference delgates 1988 - Key
Type
Image
Source
Courtesy of National Council of Women of Australia

Details

Title
Delegates to the 1928 Annual Meeting of the NCWA Federal Council
Type
Image
Date
1928

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Title
Members of the NCWA with Dame Maria Ogilvie Gordon in Melbourne in 1938
Type
Image
Date
1938
Source
National Library of Australia, Brookes Papers: http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an24618898

Details

Title
NCW Victoria presents a mobile unit to the Australian Comforts Fund, 1943
Type
Image
Date
1943
Creator
Herald Newspaper
Source
Australian War Memorial - http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/141967/

Details

Title
Mrs Elsie Byth: Australian delegate to the UN Status of Women Commmission, 1949
Type
Image
Date
1949

Details

Title
Mrs Brookes speaks on behalf of the National Council of Women, 1950
Type
Image
Date
1950
Source
National Library of Australia, Kenneth Bailey Papers: http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an23218462

Details

Title
Mrs Brookes addressing the 1952 Conference of the Australian National Council of Women
Type
Image
Date
1952
Source
Courtesy of National Council of Women of Australia

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Title
NCW WA invites Tengku Ampuan of Selangor to afternoon tea, 1962
Type
Image
Date
1962
Source
National Archives of Australia: A1501, A3046/1 - http://photos.naa.gov.au/photo/Default.aspx?id=8912092

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Title
NCWA conference, Brisbane 1964 - delegates in hats
Type
Image
Date
1964
Creator
Keith Byron 
Source
National Archives of Australia: A1200, L49063 - http://photos.naa.gov.au/photo/Default.aspx?id=30837104

Details

Title
NCWA conference, Brisbane 1964 - delegates outside Town Hall
Type
Image
Date
1964
Creator
Keith Byron 
Source
National Archives of Australia: A1200, L49058 - http://photos.naa.gov.au/photo/Default.aspx?id=30837099

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Title
NCWA President Dorothy Edwards with her Board members, 1964
Type
Image
Date
1964
Source
Courtesy of National Council of Women of Australia

Details

Title
National Council of Women Christmas luncheon in Launceston, 1969
Type
Image
Date
1969
Source
National Archives of Australia: M2127, 10 - http://photos.naa.gov.au/photo/Default.aspx?id=8837348

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Title
NCWA President Necia Mocatta with conference delgates 1988
Type
Image
Date
1988
Source
Courtesy of National Council of Women of Australia

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Title
NCWA Board Tasmanian Conference 1999
Type
Image
Date
1999
Source
Courtesy Leonie Christopherson

Details

Title
Delegates at Triennial NCWA Conference Melbourne 2000
Type
Image
Date
1999
Source
Courtesy Leonie Christopherson

Details

Title
Getting to Know You! ICW Conference Helsinki 2000
Type
Image
Date
2000
Source
Courtesy Leonie Christopherson

Details

Title
Delegates at ICW Asian Regional Conference Auckland 2004
Type
Image
Date
2004
Source
Courtesy Leonie Christopherson

Details

Title
Presidential handover 8 October 2006 Melbourne
Type
Image
Date
2006
Source
Courtesy Leonie Christopherson

Details

Jane Carey

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