ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0024 Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association (ACT) Records

Scope and Content Notes 

Call Number

HMSS 0024

Collection

Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association (ACT) Records

Date Range

1953 – 2009

Quantity

1.33 m (5 manuscript boxes + 1 oversize box)

Access Conditions

open 

Copying Collections unstated
Related Collections

HMSS 0035 Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association (Canberra City)

In 1928, in Honolulu, a group of women with international concerns, hoping to promote peace through understanding and friendship, convened to establish the Pan Pacific Women's Association. In 1955, the name was changed to Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association to more accurately reflect the organisation's expanding area of interest at its first international conference.

PPSEAWA's Mission Statement:

  1. To strengthen the bonds of peace by promoting better understanding and fostering friendship among all women of the Pacific and Southeast Asia;
  2. To initiate and promote cooperation among the women of these regions for the study and improvement of social, economic, and cultural conditions.

PPSEAWA comprises 23 autonomous national member organizations, many having several local chapters. Any group of women in countries within the Pacific and South East Asia areas which is committed to the purposes of the Association may apply directly to the International Council for membership. Members in member organizations may be individuals or representatives of women's organizations with common objectives.

PPSEAWA's Goals:

  • Identifying the needs and problems of today's women and children.
  • Protecting the status of women and children and promoting family and child welfare.
  • Furthering education, training and literacy programs for all ages.
  • Working to protect and improve the environment.
  • Raising funds and provide support locally and region wide.

The ACT Group of the Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association held its inaugural meeting on June 24th 1953. The Group was incorporated in 1987. In 1996 a second group, the Canberra City Group, was formed but disbanded in 2010, with members rejoining the ACT Group.

It has two functions – one to increase knowledge of the Pacific and Southeast Asian countries; the other to participate in preparations for the Pan Pacific Conferences, to send delegates to them and to make their proceedings widely known. The 9th and 17th international conferences were held in Canberra, in 1961 and 1988, as well as the 1991 national conference.

Monthly afternoon teas were introduced in 1968 for the purpose of meeting overseas visitors to Canberra and have been regular events since.

The group is affiliated with the United Nations Association ACT Division and the National Council of Women ACT Division. The Country Women’s Association of NSW, Canberra Branch is affiliated with the ACT Group, and the Australian Federation of University Women ACT is an honorary member.

Records include annual reports, minutes, conference papers, financial records, correspondence, newscuttings and photographs. Newsletters are held separately in the publications collections of the ACT Heritage Library. 

Box List

Box No. Description Quantity Date Range
1

Constitution and Incorporation

Constitutions and proposed amendments
Certificate of Incorporation and related documents, 1989

Newscuttings, 1953 and 1987 

1 file 1957 – 2000
1

Annual reports

Annual Reports, including audited financial statements 

2 files 1994/55 – 2009/10
1

Minutes

Annual general meetings

1 file

1969 – 1984, 2009

1

Minutes

Public meeting, general meetings and committee meetings

Early minute books include minutes of the public meeting of 24 March 1953, the inaugural meeting, and both general and committee meetings. There are also some annual general meeting minutes held separately. 

2 books

24 March 1953 – 11 October 1955

1-2

Minutes

General meetings, monthly

5 books, 4 files

November 1955 – 1988

2

Minutes

Executive Committee meetings

5 books, 5 files November 1955 – 1988
3

Correspondence 1978 - 1994

ACT Council of Cultural Societies

1 file

1979 – 1990

3

Correspondence 1978 - 1994

Auditors

1 file

1992 – 1994

3

Correspondence 1978 - 1994

Functions

1 file

1984 – 1992

3

Correspondence 1978 - 1994

Donations

1 file

1984 – 1992

3

Correspondence 1978 - 1994

Membership

1 file

1985 – 1994

3

Correspondence 1978 - 1994 

General

2 files

1978 – 1993

3

Correspondence 1978 - 1994

PPSEAWA Australia (national office) - in and out

1 file

1980 – 1992

3

Correspondence 1978 - 1994

Scholarships and prizes; Nancy Burbidge Memorial

1 file

1976 – 1987
4

International Year of the Child

Grant application and correspondence

1 file 1979
4

Conferences (1961 - 2000)

9th international conference, Canberra

Includes correspondence, programs, reports and papers relating to conferences attended by members of the ACT group. 

1 file

1961

4

Conferences (1961 - 2000)

15th international conference, Saratoga Springs, USA
16th international conference, Tokyo

Includes correspondence, programs, reports and papers relating to conferences attended by members of the ACT group. 

1 file

1981, 1984

4 Conferences (1961 - 2000)

17th international conference, Canberra

Includes correspondence, programs, reports and papers relating to conferences attended by members of the ACT group. 

2 files

1988

4

Conferences (1961 - 2000)

18th international conference, Thailand

Includes correspondence, programs, reports and papers relating to conferences attended by members of the ACT group. 

2 files

1990
4

Conferences (1961 - 2000)

National conference, Canberra

Includes correspondence, programs, reports and papers relating to conferences attended by members of the ACT group. 

1 file

1991
4

Conferences (1961 - 2000)

21st international conference, Cook Islands

Includes correspondence, programs, reports and papers relating to conferences attended by members of the ACT group. 

1 file

2000
5
Notebooks
  • Saturday afternoon welcomes
  • brief notes of dates, places and guests at Saturday afternoon teas welcoming overseas visitors, 1978-1980
  • President’s book – miscellaneous notes of matters in hand, 1978-1979
  • Inventory, 1991-1992 
3 Books 1978-1992
5

Membership 

Membership history cards, and typewritten lists of members

2 boxes, 1 file

1979-1999
5

Badges 

9 badges and 1 fabric bookmark representing international conferences and branches of PPSEAWA 

2 Bags  
5

Reports to PPSEAWA Australia

Reports of local activities to meetings of the national organisation 

1 file 1975-2004
5

History

Published and unpublished histories of PPSEAWA (Australia) and PPSEAWA (ACT)

  • Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association of Australia. History of the Association. Founded 1928. 1993
  • Highlights in the Story of PPSEAWA, Australia. 1978
  • Doris M Mitchell. Sixty Years On; the Story of the Pan-Pacific South East Asia Women’s Association 1928-1988. Australia’s Part. 1988
  • History of Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association Australian Capital Territory Incorporated. Founded 1953. August 1994
  • manuscript and typescript notes, copies of minutes and related historical material

 

1 file 1928-1994
5

Newscuttings

Cuttings of ACT personalities and activities 

1 file 1971-1973
6

Photographs and Scrapbooks (1968 - 1997)

Photograph albums

Includes activities at both local level and at national and international conferences 

3 albums 

1968-1992
6

Photographs and Scrapbooks (1968 - 1997)

Scrapbooks, including the Canberra conference 1988

Includes activities at both local level and at national and international conferences 

3 books

1964-1972
6

Photographs and Scrapbooks (1968 - 1997)

Photographs, including group photographs at international conference

Includes activities at both local level and at national and international conferences 

   
6

Photographs and Scrapbooks (1968 - 1997)

Audio tape of the Church Service at the international conference, Tonga

1 tape

1994