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The Australian War Widows NSW State President is nominated by members and appointed by the Board. She is also a Director of the organisation. The role of the State President is to undertake representational, ceremonial and symbolic activities for AWW NSW.

Current State President

Ms Queen Dunbar, NSW State President

It is my honour and privilege to step into the role of State President. The gravity of this appointment and the importance of this role is not lost on me at all.

A bit about me, my husband Adam enlisted in the army in 1996, reaching the rank of Major in the Artillery Corps before transferring to Intelligence and medically discharging in 2015 due to his PTSD. He saw active duty in the Solomon Islands in 2003, in Iraq in 2006 and in Afghanistan in 2011. Adam passed away in 2017. I am a mother to two teenage children, Joshua (19) and Sarah (15), a high school English teacher and 20 years plus career as a flight attendant. I come from an extensive line of strong women and have found my home in this organisation that inspires women to live their best lives, no matter their circumstances.

My gratitude goes to the Board and members of AWW NSW for entrusting me in this role. I would also like to pay my respect to those Presidents that have come before me. I am blessed to have such an incredible alum of women, full of support and experience, to help and guide me over my term. I am excited about this appointment and our optimistic future.

Past State Presidents


  • Mrs Rhondda Vanzella OAM (2016-2022)
  • Mrs Meg Green AM (2015–2016)
  • Mrs Wendy Thompson (2012–2015)
  • Mrs Anne Bonner (2009-2012)
  • Mrs Diana Bland (2006–2009)
  • Mrs Audrey Blood OAM (2003-2006)
  • Mrs Marie Beach (2002-2003)
  • Mrs Jan Hackett (2001-2002)
  • Mrs Beryl Page (1998–2001)
  • Mrs Betty Morrison (1996–1998)
  • Mrs Myrtle Shepherd (1994–1996)
  • Mrs Anne Haines OAM (1991–1994)
  • Mrs Billie Cutler AM (1982–1991)
  • Mrs Ethel Lane AM MBE (1977–1982)
  • Mrs Stella Connelly (1975–1977)
  • Mrs Joan Maher (1973–1975)
  • Mrs Aileen Watkins OBE (1952–1973)
  • Mrs Jean Cunningham (1950–1952)
  • Mrs Aileen Watkins (July 1949–1950)
  • Major Joyce Snelling OBE (April–June 1949)
  • Mrs Anne Assheton (1947–1949)
  • Mrs Florence R O’Neill (Co-President in 1946 with Mrs Jessie Willis, President WVS) (1946 – 1947)

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