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Union of Australian Women (1950 - )

From
31 July 1950
Australia
Occupations
Social action organisation
Website
http://uaw.org.au
Location
Ross House, 2nd Floor 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000 Telephone/Fax: (03) 9 654 7409 Email: office@uaw.org.au abn: 14 515 549 136

Summary

Established in 1950, the Union of Australian Women is a left-wing social change organisation. Its aim is to work for the status and wellbeing of women across the world

Details

The Union of Australian Women (UAW) was established at a conference in Sydney in August 1950. The New South Wales branch was the first to be formed, with other state branches forming in quick succession. The state branches came together in 1956 to establish a national organisation.

Foundation members included communists, Labour Party supporters, Christian activists, and members of the New Housewives' Association. Early goals included improving the status of women and children, disarmament and a halt to nuclear testing and mining, equal distribution of wealth, increased welfare services, equal pay for women, equality for Indigenous Australians, abortion law reform, and opposition to the White Australia Policy. Current campaigns concern child care, woman and family friendly workplaces, health and housing, outworkers, reconciliation and Indigenous rights.

Sources used to compile this entry: Curthoys, B. (Barbara) and McDonald, Audrey, More Than a Hat and Glove Brigade: The Story of the Union of Australian Women, Bookpress, Sydney, 1996, 179 pp; Suzanne Fabian, Morag Loh, Left-wing Ladies : The Union of Australian women in Victoria 1950-1998, Hyland House, Flemington, Vic, 2000, 196 pp.

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Archival resources

Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland

  • Papers of Eva and Ted Bacon, [195-]-1992, c. 1950 - 1992, UQFL241; Eva and Ted Bacon Collection; Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland. Details
  • Records, 1930s-1998, 1930s - 1998, UQFL193; Union of Australian Women Collection; Union of Australian Women (1950 - ); Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland. Details

National Library of Australia

  • Union of Australian Women News: Feb, June 1974, August 1971 - September 1986, Call Number: Nq 301.4120994 UNI; Union of Australian Women Brisbane Branch; National Library of Australia. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Interview with Mary Wright [sound recording] / Interviewer: Richard Raxworthy, ORAL TRC 1948/43; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Noel Butlin Archives Centre

  • Tom and Mary Wright collection, 1890 - 1988, 1890 - 1988, NBAC P120 & Z267; Wright, Mary (1903 - 1993); Noel Butlin Archives Centre. Details
  • Union of Australian Women Federal Office and NSW Branch, 1955 -1993, 1955 - 1993, N96, Z236 & Z451; Noel Butlin Archives Centre. Details

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • International Women's Day Committee Research Project : Summary Record [sound recording] Interviewers: Celia Frank and Kirstin Marks, 1993 - 1994, OH 210; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Records of Betty Fisher, 1919 - 2003, PRG 1366; Fisher, Elizabeth M. (1925 - ); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Records of the Union of Australian Women - South Australian Branch, 1950 - 2005, SRG 781; Union of Australian Women (1950 - ); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Oke, Marjorie, 1964 - 1994, 100/206; Oke, Marjorie (Marj) Elizabeth (1911 - 2003); The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

University of Newcastle Archives, Rare Books and Special Collections Unit: Communist Party of Australia Archival Material

  • Barbara Curthoys Collection, c. 1950 - 1995; Curthoys, Barbara (1924 - 2000); University of Newcastle Archives, Rare Books and Special Collections Unit: Communist Party of Australia Archival Material. Details

Victoria University of Technology, Victoria University Archives

Digital resources

Title
May Day march, 2nd May 1976
Type
Image
Date
1976
Creator
Ellis, John Brant
Control
Record ID: UMA/I/173

Details

Clare Land and Nikki Henningham

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