PATRONS – CURRENT
The Australian War Widows NSW (previously War Widows’ Guild of Australia NSW Ltd) current Patron is Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC Governor of New South Wales.
The Patron of national Australian War Widows Inc is His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley AC DSC (Retd).
PATRONS – HISTORY
Since 1948, Australian War Widows has enjoyed Royal or Vice-Regal patronage.
HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, herself a war widow, accepted patronage of the then National War Widows’ Guild of Australia in August 1948, continuing as patron until her death in 1968. She received many members at her residence in London, offering friendship as well as patronage to the Guild in Australia. She visited Australia in 1964 to open the Gladesville Bridge and the NSW Guild hosted a reception in her honour in Sydney, held at the Sydney Trocadero. She also gave permission for the Guild’s retirement village at Croydon Park to be named after her as Princess Marina Gardens.
In 1978, HRH Princess Alexandra, daughter of HRH Princess Marina, attended a garden party to unveil a plaque at the naming of another of the NSW Guild’s retirement villages, Princess Alexandra House, Dolls Point.
The State Guilds also asked for and were granted patronage by State Governors or their wives, and in many cases, the Governor and his/her spouse accepted joint patronage.
After Princess Marina died, the National Guild decided at its biennial National Conference in October 1969 to invite the Governor-General to become the patron of the National Guild. Since then successive Governors-General have accepted this position.
NATIONAL GUILD’S FIRST PATRONS
1948 – 1968
Her Royal Highness, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, CI GCVO GBE
1970 – 1976
His Excellency, the Governor-General, the Right Honourable Sir Paul Hasluck, GCMG KStJ
AUSTRALIAN WAR WIDOWS PATRONS
1951 – 1957
His Excellency General Sir John Northcott KCMG KCVO CB, Governor of New South Wales, and Lady Northcott
1957 – 1966
His Excellency Lieutenant General Sir Eric W Woodward KCMG CB CBE DSO Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Woodward
1966 – 1981
His Excellency Sir Roden Cutler, VC AK KCMG KCVO CBE the Governor of New South Wales, and Lady Cutler DStJ
1981 – 1989
His Excellency Air Marshal Sir James Rowland AC KBE DFC AFC, Governor of New South Wales, and Lady Rowland CStJ
1989 – 1990
His Excellency Rear Admiral Sir David Martin KCMG AO Governor of New South Wales, and Lady Martin
1990 – 1996
His Excellency Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair AC Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Sinclair
1996 – 2001
His Excellency the Honourable Gordon Samuels AC CVO Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Samuels
2001 – 2015
Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC Governor of New South Wales, and Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE
2015 – 2019
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Linda Hurley
2019 – PRESENT
Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC Governor of New South Wales, and Mr Dennis Wilson
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC Governor of New South Wales
HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent
HRH Princess Alexandra