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National Council of Women of Queensland (1905 - )

From
1905
Occupations
Voluntary organisation and Lobby Group
Website
http://www.ncwq.org.au
Location
Harris Terrace, 46 George St, Brisbane Qld 4000

Summary

The National Council of Women of Queensland is an umbrella organisation for a large and diverse number of affiliated Queensland women's groups. It functions as a political lobby group, attempting to influence local, state and federal government.

Its aims are:
• 'To unite associations and societies of women, or of men and women, into an organisation for mutual counsel and co-operation.
• To advance the interests of humanity, and to confer in questions relating to the welfare of the family, State and Commonwealth.
• To join with the National Councils of Women of other Australian States and Territories to form the National Council of Women of Australia which, in turn, is a member of the International Council of Women. (ICW)'

Details

The Council was founded in 1905 at a public meeting addressed by Mrs Henry Dobson of Tasmania. Twenty-one societies joined; two of which are still active members. Mrs J.T. Bell was the inaugural President. Very clearly from its inception the Council "was a Council, not an organisation, to provide a common platform for work which is of interest to all, but may be beyond the scope and powers of any one organisation."

Like all National Councils of Women, it operates though a standing committee system whereby specific issues are brought before the Council and, if there is general agreement that a question should be taken up, a subcommittee is established to investigate the matter. Some issues remained on the agenda for many years - peace and improved lifestyles for women and families, employment equality for women and particularly married women, women on juries, shopping hours, women police officers and so on. Other concerns disappeared as satisfactory outcomes resulted.

Organisations whose foundation owed much to the National Council of Women of Queensland include the Bush Nursing Association, the Family Planning Association, the Children's Film and Television Council, the first Women's College at the University of Queensland and Meals on Wheels.

Sources used to compile this entry: http://cwpp.slq.qld.gov.au/ncwqinc, accessed 2003-07-17.

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Archival resources

Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland

  • Records, 1906-2004 [manuscript], 1906 - 2004, UQFL402; National Council of Women of Queensland.; National Council of Women of Queensland (1905 - ); Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland. Details

John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland

  • Records of the Association of Queensland Women's Forum Clubs, 1947 - 1968, 3432, OM 68-19, Boxes 8642 and 8643; Association of Queensland Women's Forum Clubs (1947 - ); John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland. Details
  • Records of the Bardon Women's Club, 1926 - 1998, T2108, OMR 94, Boxes 9619 and 9620; 8189 O/S; 8190 0/S; Bardon Women's Club (1926 - 1998); John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland. Details
  • Records of the Women's Voluntary National Register, Queensland State Council, 1939 - 1945, 3627 (OM72-57) Boxes 8824-8825; Women's Voluntary National Register, Queensland State Council (1939 - 1945); John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland. Details

National Archives of Australia, National Office

  • Address of welcome - National Council of Women in Queensland, 1927, DY56/1; National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details
  • Address of welcome - Queensland Country Women's Association and National Council of Women in Queensland, 1927, DY56/21; National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details
  • National Council of Women in - Queensland, 1945, 1945/229; National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details
  • National Council of Women of Australia [Queensland Branch], Mrs G.L. Blyth. Brisbane., January 1953 - 02 April 1953, TV1953/405; National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details
  • National Council of Women of Queensland to entertain Her Royal Highness, 1926 - 1927, DY21/9; National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details
  • Resolutions - National Council of Women of Quensland, 1947, 745/1/1009; National Council of Women of Queensland (1905 - ); National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details

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