Housewives Association of New South Wales. (1918-)

Also known as
Housewives Progressive Association. (1918-)
Function
Membership organisation; Women's rights organisation; Lobby group
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-764065

Biographies

The Housewives Association of New South Wales was founded in 1918 largely due to the efforts of the artist Portia Geach. Influenced by a meeting of a housewives' association she had attended in New York in 1917, on her return to Sydney she formed and was first president of a similar organisation in her own state. The Association initially aimed to educate women in the principles of proper nutrition and to combat profiteering and rising food prices. It soon broadened its interests, becoming a considerable lobbying force on issues affecting women and children generally.

The Association had wide affiliations from its earliest years - including the Parks and Playgrounds Association, Health Week, National Trust of Australia, National Council of Women, Town Planners' Association, United Nations Associations of Sydney and the General Federation of Women's Clubs. In 1928 Geach reorganised the association as the Housewives' Progressive Association. In 1938 the Housewives' Progressive Association was incorporated under the chairmanship of Eleanor Glencross with Geach a director. Their rivalry led to the expulsion in 1941 of Portia and four others, who alleged that the association had been working in cooperation with the Meadow-Lea Margarine Co. Pty Ltd. In 1947 she formed the breakaway Progressive Housewives' Association. The original organisation continued in a somewhat reduced form.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Housewives Association of New South Wales
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. From "Thrift" to "Scientific Spending": The Sydney Housewives' Association between the Wars
    Foley, Meredith
    [1984]
    Series: IspartOf Sydney Gazette
  3. The Housewife: the official journal of the Housewives' Association of N.S.W.
    Housewives Association of New South Wales
    [Sydney, NSW]
    Published: Housewives' Association of New South Wales
  4. Mary Wright interviewed by Richard Raxworthy in the Labor Council of New South Wales oral history project [sound recording]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    8 tape reels Mrs Wright speaks of her family background and her early life in SydHouney; her first marriage; living conditions during the 1920s; the Militant Women's Group; scabs and the timberworkers' lockout, Glebe; evictions from houses; rations; demonstrations; International Women's Day; Civil War in Spain; Jessie Street; Selina Maloney; meeting Tom Wright; Communist Party social activities; Paddy Drew; Tom's involvement in the union; his work at Wonderlex; New Guard; Workers' Defence Corps; welfare inspections; Woman Today; Spanish Relief Committee; Tom's work on the Labor Council; Idris Williams; Bill Orr; fights in the Labor Council; caucusing; Jim Healey; Ernie Thornton; book raids; women's wages; Jessie Street's involvement in the labour movement; Della Elliot ; Tom's involvement in the ACTU; Tom's overseas trips; his work with aborigines; Housewives Association; Union of Australian Women; International Women's Day committee; miners' strike; book raids; Vietnam demonstrations; her work in the Bankstown area; changes to the women's movement; communism; the ALP.
    ORAL TRC 1948/43
  5. Australian Housewives Association of NSW records, 1964-1985
    [7 boxes : 1964 - 1985]
    Series: Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales
    Correspondence; minutes of meetings; pamphlets re religious organisations (Primarily Festival of Light); Presidents' addresses and editorials; newsletters from other organisations; information re conferences, seminars and meetings of other organisations; financial records; membership records; reports, media releases and circulars (most from government); newspaper clippings; advertising materials.
    MLMSS 4629 (MLK 4299-MLK 4305)
  6. Australian Housewives Association of NSW - further papers, 1972-1984
    [0.05 m, 1 box : 1972 - 1984]
    Series: Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales
    1972-1983; Correspondence : mainly copies of letters sent by the president, Mrs E. Porter 1973-1984; Meetings : agendas, minutes, and related papers 1974-1981; President's reports and messages 1972-1984; Miscellaneous papers including Festival of Light material
    MLMSS 4629 ADD-ON 2127

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