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Woman`s Christian Temperance Union : 25-August-2011
Woman`s Christian Temperance Union : 25-August-2011
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A plaque, erected on the occasion of the centenary of the Woman`s Christian Temperance Union, commemorates the site of the first meeting hall. 

The Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Australasia (later renamed the National Women's Christian Temperance Union of Australia) was formed in May 1891 at a meeting held in Melbourne for the purpose of federating the existing Colonial Unions. This was probably the first interstate gathering of women's organisations held in Australia and the Union was the first national women's organization in the country. The first branch of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) had been formed in Sydney in 1885. Although the primary objective of the organisation in Australia, and worldwide, is the prohibition of, and/or individual abstinence from, alcohol, the Union has been involved in a broad range of social and political reform activities. It was particularly active in the campaign for women's suffrage in Australia from the 1880s, and the National Union included a Suffrage Department from its inception. The National Union functions as a coordinating body for the various State Unions, and sends representatives to international gatherings of the World's Woman Christian Temperance Union.


Address:77 Kennedy Street, Hamilton, 3300
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.744633
Long: 142.020522
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1891
Approx. Event End Date:1991


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1991
Front Inscription

    Erected By
The Woman`s Christian
Temperance Union
On The Occasion Of
Their Centenary
To Mark The Site Of
Their First Meeting Hall  
1891          1991

Source: MA
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