Women’s Welcoming Committee
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.