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Women’s Welcoming Committee

Welcoming the Wounded Anzacs - $25.00

It is unfair to say that 1918 marks the pinnacle of the work of the Women’s Welcoming Committee (WWC) because they welcomed all but the first troopship returning to our piers right through the war until 1920.

They did much more besides including the erection of the Band Rotunda on the foreshore as “there is no sweeter commemoration than music”, as Mrs E F Russell put it to a meeting of the committee in January 1918.

One hundred years later, the Rotunda remains their lasting legacy to the people of Port.

You can read the story of these remarkable women of the WWC in Welcoming the Wounded Anzacs by Terry Keenan available here.

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Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet and work, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.