On Tuesday 1 March 2011 I attended the 60th anniversary celebrations of the South Perth-Como branch of the Country Women’s Association of WA at the Uniting Church Hall in Como.
The South Perth branch of the CWA has come a long way since its inception in 1951. In those days every woman was referred to as Mrs, and the inaugural president was Mrs Wanke. The role of president is now held by Mrs Val Moylan and the secretary is Mrs Win McGill.
A current member, Mrs Isabel Giles, recalled South Perth as it was in 1951 – a population of 21,000, Chinese market gardens along the foreshore and no Narrows Bridge!
Over the past sixty years, the CWA has met in a number of locations: the Collins Street Hall from 1951-58; the RSL Hall from 1958-66; the South Perth Community Hall from 1966-2004; and finally the Como Uniting Church Hall from 2004 to the present day.
During that time members have raised thousands of dollars through stalls and fundraising exploits in support of CWA projects, and have taught and learned many crafts. They’ve also been fortunate enough to have a number of wonderful cooks among their members, which makes occasions such as Tuesday’s celebration even more enjoyable!
Congratulations to all concerned.