WILPF Tasmania is an active branch.
Our members meet in the Conference Room of Senator’s Lisa Singh’s Office at 152 Macquarie Street Hobart, on the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. but we have members in Launceston too and lots of email members who cannot get to meetings. We will make you welcome wherever you live if you accept WILPF’s aims and wish to join. We currently have about 40 members.
Centenary Celebrations - 7 May 2015
In freezing, sleety, miserable weather about 90 people gathered at Parliament House in Hobart for the branch's centenary celebrations. A great team of WILPF members put up the National Posters and the prize winning entries from the competition World Without War.
The Speaker of the House, Hon Elise Archer, welcomed everyone to Parliament House and gave the Welcome to Country. Branch President Linley Grant explained that the event was celebrating WILPF’s persistence and perseverance in working to stop war and Frances Underwood (wife of the previous Governor) spoke profoundly on the new educational centre within the University for teaching teachers how to educate for peace in our society in the new foundation which is underway, named for the former Governor, Peter Underwood. (See speech here.)
Prizes for the competition World Without War were given to three Primary School poets from Longford, a tiny painter from Cambridge and a special prize to grades one children from Sorrell who submitted a joint class entry.
Dr Alison Alexander then launched the history of the Tasmanian Branch Prevailing for Peace.
Plans for 2015
January : Publication of the Tasmanian Branch’s history from its inception in 1920, including transcribed oral histories of significant members, as a memorial to these women who have lead the branch from 1963; also, stories of the effect of war on families and friends.
Action re violence against women; increasing gun ownership and theft, coupled with poor storage; and action on increasing violence in video games.
March : Receipt of entries from students of paintings, posters, essays and poems on the theme World Without War.
Member Audrey Moore will be admitted to the Tasmanian Women’s Roll of Honour.
April : The International WILPF Congress in the Hague around 28th April, the 100th anniversary of the first Congress aimed at stopping WW1
May : Luncheon at Parliament House on 7 May for launch by Henry and Margaret Reynolds of the Branch’s History Prevailing for Peace and provide awards to the winners of the competition World Without War. The Guest Speaker will be Mrs Frances Underwood.
Dr John Paull was Guest Speaker at the Tasmanian Branch’s Human Rights event on 2nd December 2014. He spoke to nearly 40 attendees about the only Italian woman, Rosa Gononi, a dress designer in Milan, who attended the first WILPF Congress at the Hague in 1915 and about her youngest brother Ernesto, who had migrated to Australia and served with Australians on the Somme battlefields as a stretcher bearer, was subsequently redrafted to the Italian army who was jailed as a draft resister because he refused to join that army.
JUNE 2014, Presentation of the Eve Masterman Peace Poetry Prize
President Linley Grant, organiser Robyn Mathison, Judge Jenny Herrera and winner of the student section Anna Briggs - at the Hobart Bookshop, Salamanca Square
NOVEMBER 2013, WILPF TASMANIA MEMBERS WEAR ORANGE TO SUPPORT THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN