The way we were


The way we were – A large crowd gathered in Stirling Terrace in 1939 to mark the re-opening of Toodyay’s Country Women’s Association (CWA) Hall after the CWA “Rest Rooms” were moved from Coondle. Newcastle Gaol Museum archives describe the CWA as “not just barefoot and pregnant but much, much more” by enabling local women to participate in discussion of public affairs in ways that political processes did not. The CWA did not shy away from controversial subjects. One “keenly awaited” early discussion was a talk by a Mrs Mary Farrelly on “Sex Hygiene”. The current hall has a leaky roof, and local CWA members have launched a $20,000 fundraising appeal to repair the historic building. Background notes provided by Newcastle Gaol Museum.