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The Women's Club (1901 - ?)

From
1901
Sydney
Occupations
Membership organisation

Summary

The Women's Club was founded in 1901 by Dr Mary Booth to provide a place where women interested in public, professional, scientific and artistic work 'might spend their leisure moments and associate together.' The first committee also included Lady David and Rose Scott. It began with 100 members - rising to 807 by 1929. Within the Club there was a debating group and a Thursday Group, while the Sydney University Women Graduates Association and the Professional Women Workers Association were also associated with it. The annual reports of these last two associations are included with those of the Women's Club.

Details

The preliminary meeting of the Club, called by Mary Booth, was held at the Women's College of the University of Sydney and attended by more than 100 women. The first president was Lady Beaumont, wife of the Admiral of the British fleet stationed in Sydney.

Sources used to compile this entry: Hooper, Florence Earle, The Story of The Women's Club: The first fifty years, The Women's Club, Sydney, [1964], 88 pp.

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Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Fry family - papers of Edith Fry, 1881 - 1940, 1881 - 1940, ML MSS 1159, ADD-ON 2076; Fry, Edith (1858 - 1940); Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Irene Victoria Read - Papers, 1839-1951, 1839 - 1951, MLMSS 2836; Read, Irene Victoria (1880 - 1972); Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

State Library of New South Wales

  • Papers of the Scott Family, 1777-1925, 1777 - 1925, MLMSS 38; State Library of New South Wales. Details

Jane Carey

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