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Association of Queensland Women's Forum Clubs (1947 - )

From
1947
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupations
Public Speaking Organisation Supervisory Body
Website
http://www.forumcommunicators.asn.au/default.htm

Summary

The Association of Queensland Women's Forum Clubs was established in 1947 to operate as a central administrative and supervisory body for the growing number of Women's Forum Clubs that formed in Queensland after 1945. The first of these clubs was established in Brisbane, Queensland, in 1941, with the aim of fostering public speaking amongst women. The club maintained a non- party political, non-sectarian stance, and was unaffiliated with any other organizations, except The National Council of Women. The association still exists, under the name of Forum Communicators Association Inc. It acts as the umbrella body for twenty-three (in 2004) forum clubs across Queensland.

Details

On July 22nd, 1941, a number of prominent Brisbane women called a public meeting of women to discuss the possibility of forming a club for women who were interested in learning public speaking skills. The idea was received enthusiastically by the assembled group, and the first Queensland Women's Forum Club was established on July 30th, 1941. The first ordinary meeting of the new forum club was held on August 20th, 1941 in the blue room at the hotel Canberra.

The objects of the Queensland Women's Forum Clubs were:
1. To improve the standard of speaking among women,
2. To provide opportunities for women to learn and practice meeting procedure and duties of office-bearers of clubs and organizations,
3. To maintain freedom of speech,
4. To encourage a continued interest in education,
5. To demonstrate to the community the value of loyalty and truth, clarity of thought and the love of the English tongue
6. To promote loyal fellowship.
1945 was a year that saw massive growth in the number of clubs across Queensland and the first regional club was established in Mackay. Many clubs began a series of luncheon meetings, as well as the traditional evening meetings, to assist members who found it difficult to get away from home in the evenings. As the number of clubs grew, so did the need for a central administrative body. The Association of Queensland Women's Forum Clubs, known as the Dais, was formed as were, eventually, regional councils.

Sources used to compile this entry: 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; A Brief History of Forum, http://www.forumcommunicators.asn.au/default.htm.

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Timeline

 1947 - Association of Queensland Women's Forum Clubs
       1941 - Forum Communicators Association Inc.

Archival resources

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

Nikki Henningham

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