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Jessie Vasey : 7-March-2012
Jessie Vasey : 7-March-2012

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A plaque commemorates Jessie Vasey who founded the War Widows Guild which provides a range of services to war widows.

Jessie Mary Vasey CBE was the founder and President of the War Widows Guild of Australia. 

In October 1945 Mrs Vasey wrote to all Victorian war widows, urging them to attend a meeting to form a craft guild. About three hundred did so. On 22 May 1946 the War Widows' Craft Guild held its first meeting, with Vasey as president. She set about making the guild a national organization and travelled extensively. Branches were formed in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia in 1946, in Tasmania and Queensland in 1947, and in the Australian Capital Territory in 1951. In November 1947 Vasey had convened a national conference which adopted a federal constitution and formed the War Widows' Guild of Australia. She was elected its president.


Address:300 Waterdale Road, Repatriation Hospital, Remembrance Garden, Heidelberg, 3081
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.755725
Long: 145.047069
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Link: http://adb.anu.edu.au/


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 11th November, 1999
Front Inscription

In Memory Of Jessie Mary Vasey Who Founded The
Guild And All The Committed Members Who
Have Worked For The Common Good And
Betterment Of War Widows. 

Also In Memory Of Our Husbands Who Paid The
Supreme Sacrifice For Their Family And Country.  

Presented To The Austin & Repatriation
Medical Centre By The War Widows Guild Of
Australia (Victorian Branch).

We all belong to each other.  
We all need each other. 
It is in serving each other
And in sacrificing for our common good
That we are finding our true life.

Unveiled By Eileen Watt AM State President
11 November 1999

Source: MA, ADB
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