One of Western Australia’s few remaining women’s clubs has been acknowledged through the State heritage listing of its premises.
Heritage Minister John Castrilli said that for nearly 60 years the Bunbury Women’s Club had played an important role as a social meeting place for women in the Bunbury community.
“The club was founded at a time when there were few other services available for women in the area,” Mr Castrilli said.
“Back then, demand for its services was evident right from the start with membership growing from 15 to 150 within the club’s first five months.”
The Minister said it was a rare example of a women’s club that had been continuously owned and managed by the same organisation from 1955 until present.
“Initial activities included cards, musical afternoons, basket weaving and floral arrangement. It also provided a library as State Library Services did not extend to regional areas,” he said.
“Now, such activities have been replaced with fashion parades and guest speakers, with Mahjong games being very popular.”
Mr Castrilli said the building was also important because it was the first Anglican rectory built in 1853, and only the third such rectory built in WA.
“It was extensively re-modelled in 1910 and since then the building has been extended and renovated to accommodate the club’s many activities,” he said.
The Minister commended the Bunbury Women’s Club for its service to the community and its commitment to ensuring WA’s cultural heritage is secured for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
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