History of NCWA
History

The International Council of Women was founded in 1888. 
A gathering of the World Council of Women in England includes Tasmanian delegate from the National Council of Women, Emily Dobson (AOT, PH30/1/732)
A gathering of the World Council of Women in England includes Tasmanian delegate from the National Council of Women, Emily Dobson (AOT, PH30/1/732)

The Preamble to the ICW Constitution contained the following words
“We, women of all Nations, in the conviction that the good of humanity will be best advanced by greater unity of thought, sympathy and purpose, and that an organised movement will serve to promote the highest good of the family and of the Nation, do hereby band ourselves together in a federation of women of all races, nations and creeds, to further the application of the Golden Rule to society, custom and law:

Do unto others as you would that they should do unto you.

National Council of Women in Australia began with the State Councils,
the first being formed in 1896 in New South Wales by Miss Margaret Windeyer,
who had attended the first Quinquennial Conference of ICW in Chicago in 1893.
This was the 6th such affiliation, the Councils in USA, Canada, Germany,
Great Britain and Sweden, in that order, having joined ICW previously.

Tasmania formed a Council in 1899, Victoria in 1902, South Australia in 1902,
Queensland in 1905 and Western Australia in 1911. In 1925 a Federal Council
was formed, made up of the various State Councils. NCWA emerged in 1931,
under the Presidency of Mrs I. H. Moss.

Three more Constituent Councils joined NCWA - the ACT in 1939, Launceston in 1952 and the Northern Territory in 1964.
In 2001 the NCW Coalition (Tasmania) Incorporated was formed to provide one voice to NCW in Tasmania. Tasmania is
now affiliated as one organisation under the NCW Tasmania Inc.

We currently have a History project running which has an electronic component - "Stirrers with Style"
The comprehensive website about the President’s of NCWA (and its predecessors) proves that feminism did not start in the 1970s!!!
The publication - Respectable Radicals - gives the history of NCWA from 1896-2006 - a monumental task but delivered the essence of
the work of the first 100 years.

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