• Entry type: Organisation
  • Entry ID: AWE1130

Australian Women’s Guild of Empire

(From 1928 – 1940)
  • Occupation Lobby group, Political organisation


The Australian Women’s Guild of Empire was founded in 1928 by Adela Pankhurst Walsh. It was modelled on and affiliated with the London based Women’s Guild of Empire.
The Guild initially raised money for working class women and children hit by the Depression. It also advocated the need for industrial cooperation, and Pankhurst frequently spoke out against strikes. It was a conservative, patriotic organisation which developed strong anti-communist sentiments.


Throughout its existence, the Guild adopted the following objectives:
1. To combat Communism and all forms of class government.
2. To establish industrial co-operation and peace.
3. to uphold the Christian ideals of life and safeguard the family.
4. To awaken the peoples to a sense of responsibility for the well-being of the community.
5. To deepen the realization of the value of British citizenship.
6. To assist in the development of Australia as a part of the British Empire.


Published resources

  • Newspaper
    • The Empire Gazette, 1929-1940
  • Book
    • Australia and the Empire, Walsh, Adela Pankhurst
  • Pamphlet
    • Industrial co-operation: Policy speech of the Australian Women's Guild of Empire, Walsh, Adela Pankhurst, 1931
  • Book Section
    • Brazen hussies and God's police fighting back in the depression years. [Revised version of article published in Hecate, v.8, no.1, 1982], Stone, Janey, 1998
    • Anti-political political thought. -Non/ Labor reactions against party politics during the Great Depression in New South Wales, Loveday, Peter, 1981
    • The Australian Women's Guild of Empire, Castle, Josie, 1980
  • Journal Article
    • The Enthusiasms of Adela Pankhurst Walsh, Damousi, Joy, 1993
  • Resource

Related entries

  • Founded
    • Pankhurst, Adela Constantia Mary (1885 - 1961)