Archive for the ‘Union of Australian Women’ Category

Vera Deacon was Guest Speaker at the 2012 International Women’s Day Dinner held on the 9th March 2012.

The Event was sponsored by the Newcastle Branch of the Union of Australian Women and held at The Adamstown Club Brunker Road Adamstown.

Vera was introduced by Janet Mundie and spoke on “Life by the Hunter River – Then and Now”

Vera is described as “an island girl who has tried to make the world a better place”

Her speech covered the followed topics including Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the current toxic state of politics and political debate in Australian media, University published book ‘100 Women’, Dr Jean Talbot, Donna Meehan, Hunter Valley and its ongoing care, 101st Anniversary of International Women’s Day, Winning of the Women’s Vote in Australia, Rose Scott, Scott Sisters, Ash Island, Women’s Suffrage Movement, History of Women’s Vote in Australia, ‘My Brilliant Career’, Vera’s early years, Woodstock Street Oakley’s Paddock, Hanbury Street Mayfield, Midwifery, Nurse Whiteman’s Lying In Home, Father works at BHP Coke Ovens, Family moves to Dempsey Island, then Mosquito Island, Labour Movement, Depression Camps, Platt’s Channel, Shortland Camp, Mayfield West Camp, Dole, Vera’s pedigree convicts Irish Catholics bullock driver, Aunty Nola Hawken, Awabakal People, convict women on Nobbys, Lysaghts Girls, Josephine Conway, Marilla North, Janet Copley, Charlie Skene, Vera’s father’s life, Big Ben, Soviet Union, Min Wilson, Communist Party of Newcastle, Socialists, Feminists, Reading, Migrants, Jessie Street and The Women’s Charter, Stockholm Appeal, Ban the Bomb, Dorothy Hewett, Nuclear tests and diseases of Children, Peace, Germaine Greer and the struggle for women’s rights across the world.


Newcastle International Women's Day Celebrations 1944-2011

Photographs and images compiled by Jude Conway for the Radical Newcastle Colloquium held at the University Gallery, 2 December 2011.

Click here to access the complete set:

And click here for the slideshow:

[From The Australian Women’s Register]

21 June 1924 Grafton, New South Wales, Australia

28 September 2000 Manly, New South Wales, Australia

Feminist, Social activist, Pacifist, Political activist and Psychologist

Barbara Curthoys was an important figure in the history of Communism, feminism, the peace movement and the campaign for indigenous rights in Australia. An activist in the middle of the twentieth century, she was ‘one of that small band of women who fearlessly campaigned for racial and social equality and world peace at a time when it was politically risky to do so’.

This extensive collection contains material relating to Barbara Curthoys professional and political life. There are reports, notes, minutes and correspondence relating to the Union of Australian Women for the period 1953-1997; papers relating to Curthoys’ membership in the Communist Party of Australia and the Socialist Party; correspondence and documents relating to her membership of the Newcastle Peace Forum and the Australian Peace Committee in the mid-1980s, papers relating to the Newcastle Housewives Association and numerous interviews with women who were past members of the Union of Australian women.

Quantity: 22 Boxes

Date Range: c.1950 – 1995

Finding Aid: The Barbara Curthoys Collection – Archival Listing (PDF file)