- 10 September 1898
Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- 18 May 1984
Emu Plains, New South Wales, Australia
- Community worker, Women's rights activist and Women's rights organiser
- Alternative Names
- Vagg, Thelma Constance (Maiden)
Thelma Metcalfe was president of the Australian National Council of Women from 1957 to1960. She also held office in a variety of other organisations, including as president of the NCW of NSW 1948-1960. During her term of office as national president, she stressed the importance of regional activism and work towards improving social and economic conditions, particularly for women in the Asia-Pacific area, most urgently in Papua New Guinea. Metcalfe's presidency also saw ANCW attention directed towards redressing inequality issues relevant to women, varying education standards in Australia, the declining value of child endowment, and the financial hardships of deserted wives. In light of her extensive community involvement, an ANCW obituarist claimed she was regarded as 'the best authority on the women's organisations in NSW'.