ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0170 Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit Archive

Scope and content notes

Call Number

HMSS 0170

Collection Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit Archive

Date Range

1953-2003

Quantity

2.6m (14 manuscript boxes)

Access Conditions

open

Copying Conditions

with attribution

Related Collections

HMSS 0285 ACT Churches Council

The organisation began in 1953 when the Director of the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) met with a group of local Canberra Christian church minister’s wives to arrange Women’s World Day of Prayer services.  The Women’s World Day of Prayer Committee (WWDP) was formed with the purpose of arranging the combined prayer service annually in a number of different Christian churches.  The 1963 service was attended by 300 women (out of a Canberra population of 30,000) at the time. 

At the same time, the Australian Council of Churches in 1963 sought to extend the role of women in church activities and formed an auxiliary for women’s fund raising and charitable work.  When coming together, the group decided to form an autonomous ecumenical group called Australian Church Women.

By 1964 the WWDP Committee decided to form a branch of Australian Church Women in the Australian Capital Territory with the purpose of arranging not only the World Day of Prayer service but other combined church services, notably Fellowship Day and World Community Day.  This group called themselves Canberra Church Women, and was under the national co-ordination of the national organisation, Australian Church Women.  The national executive functions of Australian Church Women are undertaken in rotation by the various state and territory chapters.  Canberra Church Women (and later, Australian Church Women (ACT Unit) performed this function.

In 1977 Canberra Church Women affiliated with the Catholic Women’s League with the 1978 World Day of Prayer service being conducted at St Christopher’s Cathedral.  Representatives from many Canberra churches attended to hear readings and to pray in this broadly-based ecumenical service.

In order to comply with the other chapters of Australian Church Women, Canberra Church Women changed its name in 1982, to Australian Church Women (ACT Unit).  This group continued to operate as it had previously done, organising three ecumenical services annually throughout the Canberra area.  The services were usually combined with a social event of lunch or morning tea and provided an opportunity for church members and office holders to meet others engaged in similar work throughout the region.

Apart from the fellowship and the organisation of the ecumenical services, the group contributes to the charitable works of Australian Church Women through fund raising and support for the Winifred Kiek Scholarship; World Community Day projects and the Fellowship of the Least Coin. 

Winifred Kiek (Australia’s first ordained woman minister) introduced the scholarship with a view to providing financial support for an Asian female student to further her education in Australia.  The scope of support has widened with later students coming from the Pacific and from remote Australian communities with studies being undertaken in Singapore and Papua New Guinea as well as Australia.  The ACT Unit has contributed support to scholars over the years and hosted visits and functions associated with this activity.

Funds raised by World Community Day services are forwarded from the ACT Unit to the National Committee who allocate monies to specific charitable causes.  Similarly, amounts raised by the Fellowship of the Least Coin are sent to the International Committee from where it is distributed world wide in small amounts ($5000 or less) to designated projects.

The group continues to operate to coordinate the local ecumenical prayer services and to contribute funds raised locally to the specific national and international charities as above.

Series and Item list

Series Description Date Range Notes
1

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit constitution including national organisation and development of Australian Capital Territory organisation and constitution

1965-1995

Constitution and development of variations

2

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit meetings papers including executive directories; minutes of executive meetings, and minutes of regular meetings

1953-2003

Minutes of meetings

3

Collection of papers of Australian Church Women National Executive

 

Retained because of role of ACT Unit taking responsibility for Executive in turn with other units

4

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence 

1972-2003

Correspondence

5

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1975-2003

Conferences

6

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit activities and programs including Fellowship of the Least Coin and Winifred Kiek Scholarship

1991-1998

Programs

7

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit Orders of service

 

1965-2004

Orders of service

8

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit publications

 

1982-1990

Publications

9

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit historical and biographical papers

 

1965-1998

Historical/biographical

10

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit relations with government agencies

 

Relations with government agencies

Box List

 

Box No.

Series No.

Item No.

Description

Date Range

Quantity

Notes

1

1

1

Australian Church Women – Constitution

Development of constitution including amendments made 1985

1965?-1985

1 wallet

1

1

2

Australian Church Women – Constitution

Including guidelines to be used in conjunction with Constitution.

1985-1990

1 wallet

Guidelines relate to activities: Winifred Kiek Scholarship and the Fellowship of the Least Coin

1

1

3

Australian Church Women – Constitution

Including guidelines for National Executive and National Secretary

1995

1 wallet

In red binder

1

1

4

Australian Church Women – Constitution and guidelines to be used in conjunction with the Constitution.

Guidelines cover:

  • National Executive
  • Secretary
  • Minute Secretary
  • Finance
  • Publications
  • Editor
  • Winifred Kiek Scholarship and the Fellowship of the Least Coin
  • Special Days
  • Asian Church Women’s Conference Representative
  • National Conference

1997

1 wallet

1

1

5

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit constitution and development including amendments 1965, 1982

1965-1982?

1 wallet

2

2

1 a-c

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit minutes, including executive minutes; executive directories; attendance sheets, and office bearers’ contact details

1984-2003

3 Wallets

2

2

2

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit meetings papers

  • Minute books
  • Women’s World Day of Prayer

1953-1958

1 Volume

2

2

3

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit meetings papers

  • Minute books
  • Women’s World Day of Prayer

1958-1964

1 Volume

2

2

4

Minute book for 1965-1969 missing not received at time of processing

spaces and number left in case item is located

2

2

5

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit meetings papers

  • Minute books
  • Canberra Church Women

1969-1977

1 volume

2

2

6

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit meetings papers: Minute books – Canberra Church Women later Australian Church Women ACT Unit

1977-1988

1 volume

3

2

7

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit meetings papers: minute book of regular meetings

11 March 1988 – 24 November 2000

1 volume

minutes pasted into book

4

2

8

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit meetings papers for general meetings, annual general meetings including agendas and minutes. Papers include Treasurer’s reports; Social Justice reports; Fellowship of the Least Coin reports; Special Days reports

29 October 1987-25 November 1994

1 wallet

Some gaps. Sometimes includes lists of inwards and outwards correspondence. Meetings were usually held January or February; March; May; July, and September. The biennial report is presented on the last Friday in February. Executive Committee convenes in between the general meetings.

4

2

9

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit meetings papers for general meetings, annual general meetings including agendas and minutes. Papers include Treasurer’s reports; Social Justice reports; Fellowship of the Least Coin reports; Special Days reports

17 March 1995 – 26 November 1999

1 wallet

4

2

10

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit meetings papers for general meetings, annual general meetings including agendas and minutes. Papers include Treasurer’s reports; Social Justice reports; Fellowship of the Least Coin reports; Special Days reports

28 April 2000 – 20 August 2003

1 wallet

4

2

11

Papers for annual general meetings including President’s report; Treasurer’s report; publicity Officer’s report; ACT Womens’ Consultative Council Report

1971-1996

1 wallet

4

2

12

Papers for annual general meetings including President’s report; Treasurer’s report; publicity Officer’s report; ACT Womens’ Consultative Council Report

1997-2002-continuing

1 wallet

4

2

13

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit Tuggeranong Branch meetings papers

1980-1982

1 wallet

Group formed and lapsed.

4

2

14

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit cash books

1954-1964; 1964-1967; 1971-1977; 1977-1982

1 wallet

5

3

1

Australian Church Women National Executive minutes

1975-1977

1 wallet

5

3

2

Australian Church Women National Executive minutes

1978-1980

1 wallet

5

3

3

Australian Church Women National Executive minutes

1981-1983

1 wallet

5

3

4

Australian Church Women National Executive minutes

1984-1986

1 wallet

5

3

5

Australian Church Women National Executive minutes

1987-1989

1 wallet

5

3

6

Australian Church Women National Executive minutes

1990-1992

1 wallet

5

3

7

Australian Church Women National Executive minutes

1993-1995

1 wallet

5

3

8

Australian Church Women National Executive minutes

1996-1997

1 wallet

5

3

9

Australian Church Women National Executive minutes

1998-1999

1 wallet

5

3

10

Australian Church Women National Executive minutes

2000-2001

1 wallet

5

3

11

Australian Church Women National Executive minutes

2002-2003

1 wallet

6

3

12

Australian Church Women National Executive working papers

1996-1997

1 wallet

6

3

13

Australian Church Women National Executive circulars

1999-2001

1 wallet

6

3

14

Australian Church Women National Executive correspondence to units

995-1999

1 wallet

7

4

1

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1972/3; 1974; 1975; 1976

1 wallet

7

4

2

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1977-1978

1 wallet

7

4

3

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1979

1 wallet

7

4

4

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1980

1 wallet

7

4

5

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1981-1982

1 wallet

7

4

6

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1983

1 wallet

7

4

7

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1984

1 wallet

7

4

8

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1985

1 wallet

7

4

9

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1986

1 wallet

7

4

10

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1987

1 wallet

8

4

11

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1988

1 wallet

8

4

12

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1989

1 wallet

8

4

13a

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1990

1 wallet

8

4

13b

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1991

1 wallet

Includes some 1988 correspondence re X-rated videos

8

4

14a

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1991

1 wallet

8

4

14b

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1992

1 wallet

8

4

15

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1992

1 wallet

8

4

16

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1993

1 wallet

8

4

17

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1994

1 wallet

8

4

18

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1995

1 wallet

9

4

19

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1996

1 wallet

9

4

20

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1997

1 wallet

9

4

21

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1998

1 wallet

9

4

22

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

1999

1 wallet

9

4

23

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

2000

1 wallet

9

4

24

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

2001

1 wallet

9

4

25

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

2002

1 wallet

9

4

26

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit correspondence

2003 + continuing

1 wallet

Leave room for additions

10

5

1

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1975

1 wallet

Various names including National Committee Meeting; National Conference and Seminar, and National Conference

10

5

2

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1977

1 wallet

10

5

3

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1979

1 wallet

10

5

4

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1981

1 wallet

10

5

5

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1983

1 wallet

10

5

6

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1985

1 wallet

10

5

7

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1987

1 wallet

10

5

8

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1989

1 wallet

10

5

9

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1991

1 wallet

10

5

10

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1993

1 wallet

11

5

11

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1995

1 wallet

11

5

12

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1997

1 wallet

Includes photographs

11

5

13

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1997

1 wallet

11

5

14

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

1999

1 wallet

11

5

15

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

2001

1 wallet

11

5

16

Australian Church Women national conferences and meetings -- representation of Australian Capital Territory Unit

2003

1 wallet

12

6

1

Activities and programs – Fellowship of the Least Coin – including correspondence, 1992-1996; financial statements and reports (with gaps) and brochures

1992-1996 ?

1 wallet

12

6

2

Activities and programs – Winifred Kiek Scholarship – including correspondence and activity reports

1991-1998

1 wallet

Includes deeds of trust; historical notes; brochures; newsclippings, and information leaflets on individual annual recipients, 1965-2002 (with gaps)

12

7

1

Orders of Service -- Fellowship Day

1966-1979

1 wallet

With gaps, 1967-1971

12

7

2

Orders of Service -- Fellowship Day

1980-2003

1 wallet

12

7

3

Orders of Service – Fellowship Day. Includes other miscellaneous Orders of Service including services for changes to Executive; International Women’s Year, 1975, and International Year of the Family, 1994

2004-continuing

1 wallet

Allow for additions

12

7

4

Orders of Service – World Day of Prayer, Australia (New South Wales Committee) including Children’s Programmes

1965-1989

1 wallet

With gaps 1967-1970

12

7

5

Orders of Service – World Day of Prayer

1990-2004-continuing

1 wallet

Allow for additions

12

7

6

Orders of Service – World Community Day

1964-2003-continuing

1 wallet

With gaps 1965-1971; 1989

Allow for additions

13

8

1

Publications – Affirmations vol. 1 no. 1, 1982-1983 with gaps

1 wallet

13

8

2

Newsletters ACT Unit

February 1982- December 2003-continuing

1 wallet

3-4 issues per year

13

8

3

Brochures and leaflets -- Australian Church Women

?

13

8

4

Brochures– Asian Church Women

?

13

8

5

Brochures ACT Unit

13

8

6

Australian Church Women circulars

January 1986 – November 2002

13

8

7a

Australian Church Women, Women at work – newsletter later known as ACW news issues

1979-1984

13

8

7b

Australian Church Women, Women at work – newsletter later known as ACW news issues

1985-2003

13

9

1

Unit history update sheets from various states, including ACT

1998

13

9

2

Notes on Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit history including those compiled by Ruth Burmester, 1998

13

9

3

Biographical notes on office bearers and obituaries of past members, including Audrey Sherwin and Evonne Sullivan.

13

9

4

Stationery and letterhead blanks

14

9

5

Sound recordings on cassette including interview with Ruth Burmester on 1PPP 1990

1990

14

9

6

Large photograph with captions Australian Church Women conference Sydney

1991

1 Photograph

14

10

1

Background information on ACT legal consultancy participation and ACT Unit attendance at church and women’s affairs functions

1990s

14

10

2

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit relations with ACT Churches Council and other ACT organisations

1995-1998?

1 wallet

14

10

3

Australian Church Women Australian Capital Territory Unit information regarding national, state and local government policies

1990s

1wallet