Upcoming events:

Dressed4Success Coffee and Clothes morning on Friday April 26th at the Guild Hall. Please contact the Guild to RSVP.

Walk for a Veterans with PTSD –  Saturday 27th July 6 am – 4 pm at Seacliff SLSC, Esplande Seacliff.

The War Widows’ Guild SA Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 2nd August at the Guild Hall at 141 Fullarton Rd, Rose Park.

South Australian Ex-Service Commemorations this month:

April 10 – Anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk, North Africa 1941

April 24 – Anniversary of the Battle of Villers- Bretonneux, France 1918, Anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong, Korea 1951

April 25 – ANZAC Day, Anniversary of the Gallipoli Landing Turkey 1915

April 29 – Sandakan Remembrance Day, Borneo 1945

April 30 – loss of the HMAS AE2, 1915

May 4 – Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea 1942

May 12 – Anniversary of the Battle for Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral South Vietnam 1968

May 31 – Anniversary of the end of the Boer War 1902


Past events:

Friendship day April 2019 was held at the Guild Hall and members and associate members shared a happy afternoon luncheon. They were joined by the producers of the film “Paris or the Bush”.

The Bangka Day Memorial Service was held on February 17th at the Womens’ Memorial Playing Fields at St Mary’s. This commemoration service remembers the Radji Beach  – Bangka Island massacre of Australian Nurses on 16 February 1942. All but one nurse, Vivian Bulwinkel, were killed. Vivian was later captured and held in a prisoner of war camp until the end of the war. Her remarkable story can be read in the book ;”On Radji Beach – The story of the Australian Nurses after the Fall of Singapore” – by Ian W. Shaw.

Christmas Luncheon 2018 –  A very congenial Christmas Luncheon was shared by 34 members at the Country Womens’ Association on Dequetteville Terrace.

Friendship day April 2018
The War Widows Guild hosted a very successful Friendship day Luncheon where members, family and friends gathered to enjoy a light luncheon together. The next Friendship Day luncheon will be on October 5th 2018 followed by one in April 2019.

Dardanelles Cenotaph Memorial Service
The Dardanelles Cenotaph Memorial Service: On Sunday 9th September 2018 President Jan Milham and members of The War Widows’ Guild attended the Dardanelles Cenotaph Commemorative Service, held in Lundie Gardens South Terrace.

The Dardanelles Cenotaph is the first significant memorial for those who lost their lives during the Gallipoli Campaign in Australasia. The Cenotaph was unveiled by the then Governor- General, Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson on 7 September 1915, while the troops were still fighting on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

The SA Merchant Navy Day –
The South Australian Merchant Navy Day was attended on 3rd September 2018. This day is the official day of remembrance of seamen and women who have sacrificed their lives for their country. This particular date was chosen because of an incident that took place just eight hours after WWII was declared on that day in 1939. A German submarine sank the merchant ship SS Athenia as she commenced her outward-bound journey from England to Canada.

Though still in sight of the Irish coastline at the time, of her 1100 passengers and crew 110 lives were lost at sea that day.

Film Showing – “Paris or the Bush”  at the Regal Theatre Kensington Road , 4th November

The War Widows Guild SA Branch will host the screening of Paris or The Bush to be held at the Regal Theatre, Kensington Park.

It’s the story of the incredible Murray Bridge working class rowing team who, despite when starting out had no boat, no cash, no club house, won the coveted Kings Cup three times from 1920 to 1923, represented Australia at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, and in the middle of it all, served in World War One.

This is an extraordinary story of courage, humility, skill, class prejudice, war, sport and mateship. It is Australia’s greatest untold sporting story.

Included in ticket price: Tea, coffee and Anzac biscuits will be served at intermission.

Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite at a cost of $15 each

Later in the month members of the Guild will be travelling to Barmera for Remembrance Day services and will show the film there at the RSL.