WCTU Mission Statement: To promote a drug-free lifestyle and Christian values in the home and community.
Website : http://www.wctu.com.au
WCTU Australian History:
1882 – WCTU commenced operation in New South Wales on Monday, 22 August, 1882 in the Temperance Hall in Pitt Street, Sydney. The meeting was hosted by Mr Eli Johnson, a visiting American temperance lecturer.
1884 – Other local Unions were started in the suburbs of Sydney as well as in country areas of New South Wales.
1884 – Mary Clement Leavitt was sent out as a white ribbon missionary from the U.S.A. to Australia. During her visit, she formed five branches in Queensland, one in New South Wales, one in South Australia and three in Tasmania.
1885 – The first branch of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in Tasmania was formed in Hobart, but was very short lived.
1885 – The first local Union in Queensland was formed in Brisbane in September, inspired by the visit of Mary Leavitt. Mrs W. Steele was elected first president.
1885 – The first local Union was established in Victoria and the movement grew rapidly. The Victorian Union was founded largely due to the efforts of Marie Kirk and the Rev. Philip Moses who arranged the first Organising Conference in 1887.
– above sourced from, and continued on, WCTU website http://www.wctu.com.au/pages/history.html
Christian women involved in formation of the Australian Woman’s Christian Temperance Unions and/or involved in the campaign for Women’s suffrage.
Christian men involved in those movements.
Grandmother’s ‘monster’ role opened door to vote : https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/grandmothers-monster-role-opened-door-to-vote/
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