• Entry type: Organisation
  • Entry ID: AWE1114

New Housewives’ Association

(From 1946 – 1950)
  • Occupation Lobby group, Women's Rights Organisation


The New Housewives’ Association (NHA) was formed in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1946. A number of suburban branches, including Chatswood, were established. The NHA’s Central Committee adopted the Australian Women’s Charter seeking equal status for women, launched at the Australian Women’s Conference for Victory in War and Victory in Peace, 1943. The NHA’s progressive platform attracted Communist women to this working-class body. It campaigned for the reduction and strict control of prices, mainly of household commodities; equal pay for women and increased Child Endowment; and the establishment of municipal markets in order to bring cheaper goods to housewives. In 1949 the NHA supported trade-union demand for a 30 shilling increase in the Basic Wage. It published a journal, The New Housewife, and a magazine, The Housewives’ Guide. In 1950 the NHA National Committee moved to change the Association’s name to reflect a broader constituency beyond women in the home; this gave rise to a new organisation, the Union of Australian Women.

Published resources

Archival resources

  • Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection
    • New Housewives' Association. Chatswood Branch - records, 1947-1950, with the associated records of the Chatswood-Willoughby Prices Committee, 1948-1949

Related entries

  • Related Organisations
    • Union of Australian Women (1950 - )
  • Founded
    • Blackburn, Jean Edna (1919 - 2001)
  • Membership
    • Brown, Freda Yetta (1919 - 2009)