The Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP, joined with members and friends of the Boronia CWA to celebrate their 75th birthday today
The Boronia Branch has a long and distinguished history. It was formed in 1937 by the wife of the Boronia Postmaster, Mrs Duffield who held a meeting of fourteen women in her home to discuss the possibility of forming a CWA Branch in Boronia. Mrs Duffield was elected as the first Branch President. In the early years meetings were held in either members’ homes or the supper room of the Progress Hall.
“Since those beginnings”, Mr Tudge said, “Boronia CWA has made a terrific contribution to our community. During WW II the branch made many camouflage nets as well as sent food and knitted items to soldiers at the front. Money was also raised for Red Cross, YMCA, the Polish Patriotic Fund, the Empire Gift Fund and Somers House.”
“Today it still continues to have a strong presence in the community and in recent times has supported breast cancer victims at the Angliss Hospital by making special pillows and bags needed by women who use this service. Members contribute to CWA Victoria’s international support for women and children by donating items of haberdashery, material, woollen knitwear and stationery.
Alan Tudge said “I congratulate President Jan Peasnell and members of the Boronia CWA on the 75th birthday. There is enormous change in our community today but one of the real constants has been the steady tireless work of the CWA.
“I commend them for their work and I wish them all the best for their next 75 years of operation”, he said.