- Ex-Armed services organisation
Incorporated as an association in October 1985 the Australian Women's Army Service Association (Victoria) Inc. was originally established during the 1950's. At that time a loose-knit group of ex-service members of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS), under the leadership of Colonel Sybil Irving MBE, formed a Re-union committee.
The Association still follows the initial aims of the committee which are to arrange reunions and to further the fellowship and interests of ex-service members of the Australian Women's Army Service, the Women's Royal Australian Army Corps and the female members of the Australian Military Forces.
Each August the Association conducts a reunion luncheon. Also a group known as the R & R Group arrange a monthly outing - usually to some place of interest followed by lunch that is easily accessed by public transport. Four times a year all financial members receive a newsletter, which disseminates information regarding outings, financial matters etc.
The AWAS Association (Vic.) was a leader in the formation of the Council of Ex-Servicewomen's Associations (Vic.) Inc., bringing delegates from all the war-time women's services together with the peace-time services.
Sources used to compile this entry: information supplied by Jessie Perkins MBE RFD ED (Major) Retd, President of the Australian Women's Army Service Association (Victoria) Inc.