National Fitness Council of South Australia. (1939-1975)

Also known as
National Fitness Council of South Australia.
Function
Sporting organisation
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The National Fitness Council of South Australia was a government advisory body established in 1939 that alerted individuals to the importance of gaining physical fitness, and encouraged community interest in open space and the "Quality of Environment." In 1976 the Council was taken over by the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport.

From its inception the National Fitness Council offered women a decided role in the organization and promotion of recreation in South Australia. As most of its programmes were sex segregated, administrative and practical positions for women within the agency were assured.

The Council continued to play a major role in fostering women's sport in the post-war years. It provided coaching assistance in a variety of sports (including tennis, athletics, hockey, netball and was also instrumental in organizing and promoting new team sports. It was responsible for the formation of the South Australian Amateur Gymnastic Association in 1952, and the introduction of softball, cricket and court cricket to girls' schools. In 1941, the Council expanded its activities outside the country areas into rural and regional South Australia.

Through the provision of financial and administrative assistance, played a major role in the formation of the South Australian Women's Amateur Sports Council which, in turn, was important in providing suitable playing grounds for women's sport. Repeated attempts by the National Fitness Council and the South Australian Women's Amateur Sports Council to get government assistance were partially rewarded in 1952 when the state government donated 19 acres of land for the development of a women's sports field. This was the area that would become known as the South Australian Women's Memorial Playing Fields.

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  • (Person) Fisher, Elizabeth M. (1925 - )

    <p>Betty Fisher was involved with the National Fitness Council of South Australia as the Secretary for the Women's Creative Arts & Craft Groups.</p>

  • (Concept) Women in Sport
  • (Organisation) South Australian Women's Amateur Sports Council (1953 - )

    <p>The South Australian Women's Amateur Sports Council and the National Fitness Council campaigned together succssfully to gain funding and resources that would evenutaly lead to the establishment of the South Australian Women's Memorial Playing Fields.</p>

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Australian Women's Register

  1. National Fitness Council of South Australia
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. She's Game: Women Making Australian Sporting History
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2007]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  3. A Fair Go?: Women in Sport in South Australia: 1945 - 1965
    Randall, Leonie M.
    [1986]
    Published: Flinders University
  4. Papers relating to the National Fitness Council of South Australia
    [0.08 m : 1955 - 1977]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Comprises: Policy statement; annual reports; minutes of meetings; correspondence; membership lists; papers relating to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award; course program and training notes for courses in Camp leadership, Recreation, Fitness, Youth Leadership, Creative Art-Craft, Tabloid Sports, Basketball/Netball, Circuit Training and Track and Field Coaching; questionnaires and evaluation report forms; Cataloguing and Indexing Procedure; film distribution list; and papers from the Youth Hostels Association of South Australia, Outward Bound South Australia, South Australian Veterans Amateur Athletic Club, Mitcham Hills Hockey Club, the South Australian Women's Memorial Playing Fields Trust and the South Australian Women's Keep Fit Association. See below for more details. See also PRG 1366/37 for Betty Fisher's papers from the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport.
    PRG 1366/38
  5. Miscellaneous records - National Fitness Council National Fitness Council records National Fitness Council records
    [114 boxes : 1939 - 1975]
    Series: State Records of South Australia
    This series contains records of the National Fitness Council that, strictly speaking, belong in separate series, including minutes, subject files, financial records, printers blocks, press cuttings, photographs and examples of publications. For preliminary box listing for units 1 to 94, see the Series List for GRG95 in Research Centres. For some item descriptions for units 99 to 114 click Consignment ID in the catalogue record. For notes by A.E. Simpson concerning the history of the National Fitness Council see Box 94 Numbers 1008-1010. Additional papers created by the Council are held within PRG 1366/38 at the State Library of South Australia. See also records of Outward Bound S.A. Inc. SRG 305 in the State Library of South Australia.
    GRG95/1

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