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  • From Lady Denman to Katy Gallagher: A Century of Women's Contributions to Canberra

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National Council of Women of the Australian Capital Territory (1939 - )

From
1939
Occupations
Voluntary organisation
Location
PO Box 3028, Manuka ACT 2603

Summary

Founded in 1939, with Mrs Henrietta (Jessie) Daley as president, the National Council of Women of the Australian Capital Territory operates as an umbrella organisation for women's groups in the Territory. It functions as a political lobby group, attempting to influence local, state and federal government.

Its eight initial affiliated societies were the Canberra Mothercraft Society, Canberra Relief Society, St John's Church of England Ladies Guild, Presbyterian Church Ladies Guild, Canberra community Hospital Auxiliary, Canberra Croquet Club, Women's Hockey Association and the Young Women's Christian Association. The Woman's Christian Temperance Union was another early member.

Some of its earliest issues of concern included censorship of films shown to children; offensive advertising; liquor trade reform; misbehaviour at the local swimming pool and the better provision of housing and other facilities in Canberra.

It was centrally involved in the foundation of institutions and services including the District Nursing Service, the Council of Social Service (ACT), the Child Guidance Clinic as well as services for the elderly.

It is affilated with the National Council of Women Australia.

Sources used to compile this entry: From Lady Denman to Katy Gallagher: A Century of Women's Contributions to Canberra, Australian Women's Archives Project, February 2013, http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/ldkg.

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Archival resources

ACT Heritage Library

  • National Council of Women ACT Inc. Records, 1982 - 1994, HMSS 0097; ACT Heritage Library. Details

Archives ACT

  • National Council of Women [of the Australian Capital Territory]. Emergency Housekeeper Service., 1959, A2942, 1086; Archives ACT. Details

National Archives of Australia, National Office

  • Associations individual - National Council of Women (Helen Craven Crisp), 1952 - 1964, 1699; National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details
  • Minute book National Council of Women of the Australian Capital Territory, 1955 - 1960, VOLUME 3; National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details
  • National Council of Women ACT - Commonwealth bridges over Molonglo - Building of, 1945, 1945/1/1863; National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Crisp, Helen Papers, [manuscript], 1939 - 1983, MS 7593; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Jane Carey

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