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The Guild provides understanding, contact and friendship with other war widows as well as a range of benefits and services to its members.
The Guild offers a wide range of services to its members including Advocacy, Support and Advice, Guild and Social Clubs, Friendship Line, Transport, Guild Digest, iPad Training, Events and a Ready Reference Guide.
The Guild has achieved significant improvements to the assistance provided to war widows through its advocacy over the years. A wide range of benefits and concessions have been achieved.
Established for women, by women, the War Widows’ Guild of Australia NSW Ltd is a not-for-profit membership-based organisation whose mission is to promote and protect the interests of war widows in NSW. The Guild was founded in 1946 by Mrs Jessie Vasey, widow of Major-General George Alan Vasey. Originating as a craft guild for war widows to supplement below-basic-wage-level pensions, the Guild has been relentless in working to improve the lives of war widows. Entitlements include the War Widows’ Pension, tax-free and indexed to the CPI; the Domestic Allowance; Income Support Supplement and health and medical entitlements. Other successes have come in the form of concessions for transport, water and council rates, free car registration and drivers licences. The Guild provides a range of services to war widows and operates with significant volunteer input from its thousands of members and its small staff.
WAR WIDOW SNAPSHOT
War Widows in NSW
Age of Youngest Member
Age of Oldest Member
Following the success of our inaugural Last Post Ceremony and National Dinner in 2018, this year’s HWUDS event brings brings ten major organisations in the veteran space together with women whose lives and families have been impacted as a result of Defence service, to acknowledge and honour all those women and their families united by defence service.
2019 celebrates the Year of Peace, following the centenary of WWI ending last year. In celebrating peace, we need to honour those who have made sacrifices for that peace; and for those who continue to make those sacrifices on a daily basis. Join us in honouring the service and sacrifices of women united by defence service. Watch the video of the inaugural event on the right…
MEET OUR MEMBERS
Gwen Cherne is a contemporary widow who is advocating for widows and service people with PTS.
Meg Green joined the Guild in 2008, shortly after her husband Gordon, a Vietnam Veteran, died.