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National Council of Women of Western Australia (1911 - )

From
1911
Occupations
Voluntary organisation
Alternative Names
  • West Australian National Council of Women (former name)
  • Western Australian National Council of Women (former name)
Website
http://www.ncwwa.org.au
Location
160 Hay Street East Perth WA 6892 (PO Box 6224 East Perth WA 6892) Ph: 08 9325 8897 Fax: 08 9325 8897 e-mail: ncwwa@iinet.net.au

Summary

The National Council of Women of Western Australia was founded in 1911, largely due to the efforts of Lady Edeline Strickland (wife of the Governor of Western Australia) who became its first president. It is a non-party, non-sectarian, umbrella organisation for a large and diverse number of affiliated women's groups in Western Australia.

It functions as a political lobby group, attempting to influence local, state and federal government. The Council has supported a wide range of social reform activities, particularly those related to education and to women's, children's and family welfare. While not an overtly feminist organisation, it provided a major focus for, predominantly middle-class, women's activism until at least the 1940s. Unlike many other states, however, the Council had strong competition from the Women's Service(s) Guild of Western Australia for leadership of the women's movement.

Its initial aims were:
1. 'To establish a bond of union between the various affiliated societies.
2. To advance the interests of women and children and of humanity in general.
3. To confer on questions relating to the welfare of the family, the State and the Commonwealth.'

Details

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.

Among the groups affiliated with the Council in the 1910s were the: Women's Service(s) Guild; Woman's Christian Temperance Union; Karrakatta Club; British Immigration Association; Metropolitan Women's Workers' Union; Children's Protection Society; Ministering Children's League; Western Australian Trained Nurses Association; Girls' Friendly Society and the Mothers' Union. Among the earliest issues to attract the Council's attention were: free kindergartens; women's health; school medical services; prison reform; provision for domestic science in schools and the university; venereal diseases bill; film censorship; women jurors; women police; anti-gambling legislation.

Current affiliated organisations include the : Zonta Club of South Perth; Young Women's Christian Organisation of WA' War Widows Guild; Nation Council of Jewish Women; Australian Federation of University Women; Catholic Women's League; Guides WA; Home Economics Association of WA; Soroptimists International; State Women's Council of the Liberal Party.

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Archival resources

JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia

  • Jull, Roberta Henrietta Margaritta, 1872-1961, Papers [manuscript]., 1881 - 1959, MN 69; Jull, Roberta Henrietta Margaritta (1872 - 1961); JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • National Council of Women of Western Australia Records, 1911 - 2001 [manuscript], 1911 - 2001, MN 187; National Council of Women of Western Australia (1911 - ); JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Papers of Mabel Craven-Griffiths, 1882 - 1966, ACC 4560A; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Women's Service Guilds of Western Australia Records, 1896 - 1959, ACC 1949A; Women's Service Guilds of Western Australia (1909 - 1997); JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details

Private Hands (contact Australian Women's Archive Project)

  • National Council of Women of Western Australia Records; Private Hands (contact Australian Women's Archive Project). Details

Jane Carey

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