Recently I received a package from June Files in Broken Hill. It looked to me as if it had been lovingly stored away and forgotten about for many years. Reading through it I recognised some of the names as descendants who are still in the district. The Barrier Miner was our evening paper and the Barrier Daily Truth was our morning paper – today the BDT remains but the Barrier Miner is ‘long gone’.
Below I have taken excerpts from the Barrier Miner 21 September 1954 –
“Members of the Country Women’s Association from several branches in the Far Western Division gathered at Wilcannia on Saturday for the 24th Annual Conference. Many decisions of general importance to women were reached. Domestic matters concerning C.W.A. were also discussed.
Delegates were present from Cobar, Collerreina, Coolabah, Hermidale, Marra Creek, Narromine, Nevertire, Nyngan, Trangie, Warren, Wilcannia, White Cliffs … apologies received from Bourke, Brewarrina and Girilambone.
The Opening …
“Opening points – The Association is State wide and branches/groups are only part of the machinery said Mrs Noel Thompson Metropolitan Vice President. She said the successful working of the association depends on the co-operation and support of all members. The State Executive was after all elected by the branches and it was their task to carry out the branches wishes.”
The work of the Association had been formed to promote friendship and happiness among country women and thus make their lot a happy one.
Mrs Thomson asked for expansion of branches and membership. The voice of the country women was already heard, but could be better heard by expanded membership.
Call to the Nation …
Miss Una Wilson welcomed Younger Set members and asked branches to foster this portion of the movement, for the Younger Set were the members of tomorrow. They had a duty to the young people and if they did not help them someone else would and this could be the wrong way.
She also mentioned the association’s wish that the hand of friendship be extended to new migrants to the country. Many things we took for granted were not understood by these people and we could be of help to them to assimilate our way of life by friendship and understanding.
General Work …
Miss Hall asked branches to be particularly careful when asked to attend various bodies as a representative of C.W.A. This could be a dangerous practice for they may find their name linked where they least desired it.
Miss Hall also requested branches with a Baby Health Centre to keep accurate records of their expenses for it was headquarters wish to obtain.
A report from the secretary stated there were 19 branches with a membership of 1,074.
Motions carried from this conference …
- That the Railway department be asked to arrange for ice water on long distance country trains.
- That the association request the government to lift the means test of the old age pension
- That the tariff to Keera House be raised to meet rising costs.
The meeting ended with all branches reporting successful years with many just completing new rest rooms or sufficient money to begin building.
My question to you in the year 2016 is … “what has changed”???