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The Nimmitabel Branch of the


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The Nimmitabel Branch of the CWA was founded in July 1928.

Three members from Cooma came for its inauguration which took place at the Federal Hotel.


The founding office bearers were: President : Mrs O Clark Secretary: Mrs Fraser (school teacher’s Wife) Treasurer: Mrs A Poole.


Founding members included: Mrs B Campbell, Mrs D Rankin, Mrs S Tyndall, Mrs S Wilson, Mrs W Wright and others.


Permission was given for the CWA rooms to be built on Geldmacher land. In 1932 the work started and was carried out by Mr Overend and the rooms were opened 25th February 1933.


The opening credit balance in 1928 was £4.12.10½ equivalent to $12.24 today.


A number of Members have been represented at group level including Mrs Cummins, Mrs Golby, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Burgess and Mrs Tahana.


Nimmitabel CWA is part of the largest Women’s lobby group in Australia.

CWA Nimmitabel - Items of Interest

  1. During the 1939-45 War the Nimmitabel Branch was very active and frequently served afternoon tea at the CWA rooms to busloads of soldiers passing through to catch trains at Cooma Station.

  • From 1948 a dentist from Bombala used the rooms once a fortnight for a time.

  • A CWA objective was to provide restrooms for mothers and children traveling long distances, and a 1951 report refers to a poster at the Nimmitabel Railway Station advertising the CWA rest rooms in Nimmitabel.

  • A 1952 reports refers to the Blue & Gold Ball, with country dancing and refreshments: Ladies 8/-, Gents 12/-.

  • In 1965 the July meeting had to be postponed because of heavy snowfalls.

  • In October 1966 four Nimmitabel ladies attended an afternoon tea at Cooma CWA rooms on the occasion of a visit from their Excellencies Sir Roden and Lady Cutler.

  • In June 1967 Simplicity Patterns held a mannequin parade in the Pioneer Hall showing garments made from their patterns.

  • Microwave cooking demonstration 1981 when microwaves were fairly new.


  • In 1989 the ladies took over the catering of the show and then in 1993 the Red Cross came to share the load.


We meet on the second Monday of the month!


1 p.m. in the C.W.A. rooms,  Nimmitabel.


New members always welcome. 


Above: CWA ladies craft session.


The first Country Women’s Association in Australia was founded in NSW in 1922.

The first Country Women’s Association in Australia was founded in NSW in 1922.


Its objectives were:


To improve the conditions and welfare of country women and children, and also the educational facilities for the children.


To draw women and children together, and to welcome newcomers.


To support health and educational schemes.


To encourage women to take an interest in handicrafts to beautify their homes.


To encourage interest in other countries and promote international understanding.


To be represented on other community committees.


Starting  9am till 1pm.  Stall holders are very welcome. Enquiries phone Leonie on 64546256 after 6pm.


Nimmitabel Branch CWA & Craft Shop

Living Treasures of the Snowy Mountains – Life stories of 170 of our senior citizens Now for sale at Crafty Belles



1928 – 2018 Celebrating 90 years of Service to the Community


Nimmitabel CWA Vice President, Maryanne Renfrey and Treasurer, Leoinie Thistleton



Vice President



Maryanne Renfrey


Judith Collman


Leonie Thistleton

0264546256 (after 6pm)

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