Australian War Widows NSW Ltd

“The story of the Guild is a story of women helping women and holding governments accountable.” – Roslyn Burge, No Peacetime Cinderellas


War Widows NSW provides understanding, contact and friendship with other war widows as well as a range of benefits and services to its members.


The organisation offers a wide range of services to its members including Advocacy, Support and Advice, Guild & Social Clubs, the Friendship Line, Transport, the Digest, Digital Training, Events and a Ready Reference Guide.


The organisation 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.

NSW Office to remain closed

The health and wellbeing of our members and staff remains the upmost importance to AWW NSW.  As per the latest advice and restrictions from the NSW Government regarding COVID-19, we have decided to close the Chatswood office until further notice. 

Staff will be working from home and the office phone lines will be diverted to a team member, so there may be a delay to attending to your call. Any membership renewals will be processed in due course, please consider your membership renewed during this time.

As always, we thank you for your continued support and patience. We look forward to returning to the office in 2021, as we embrace the new constitution and welcome new members. 

Stay safe and take care. 

AWW NSW Team.  


Established for women, by women, the Australian War Widows 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 organisation 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 organisation 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 organisation provides a range of services to war widows and operates with significant volunteer input from its thousands of members and its small staff.


War Widows in NSW

Age of Youngest Member

Age of Oldest Member



Gwen Cherne is a contemporary widow who is advocating for widows and service people with PTS.


Meg Green joined the organisation in 2008, shortly after her husband Gordon, a Vietnam Veteran, died.


Niki Alldritt is one of the few remaining World War 1 widows and is the widow of Private Robert Gregory Alldritt.

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