Canberra Women's Refuge – Beryl - Collection - NJSN_AC-015 1968 - 1991

By: Canberra Women's Refuge – Beryl 8 March 1975Series: 1. Annual Reports 1974 – 1985; Series 2. Minutes 1975 – 1988; Series 3. Correspondence 1975 – 1989; Series 4. Funding 1976 – 1991; Series 5. Donations 1975 – 1989; Series 6. Statistics 1975 – 1991; Series 7. Submissions 1975 – 1989; Series 8. Reports 1968 – 1981; Series 9. Day Books, Diaries & Roster Books 1977 – 1984; Series 10. Training 1974 – 1981; Series 11. National Refuge Information 1974 – 1986; Series 12. Children’s Services 1975 – 1990; Series 13. Discussion Papers 1973 – 1982; Series 14. Questionnaires 1975 – 1982; Series 15. Press Releases 1976 – 1982; Series 16. Refuge Publicity 1974 – 1982; Series 17. Refuge Information 1975 – 1985; Series 18. Conferences 1978 – 1990; Series 19. Newsletters 1975 – 1984; Series 20. Press Clippings 1970 – 1987; Series 21. Journal Articles 1970 – 1976; Series 22. Handouts/Pamphlets; Series 23. Papers 1976 – 1981Description: 2.04 linear metres Manilla folders containing various files, typewritten and handwritten sheets, hard and soft covered journals and some published material. 12 x (H)25cm x (W)18cm x (D)40cm Standard archive boxes 2.16 linear metresContent type: Media type: Carrier type: Online resources: Online resource Production credits: CREATION/PRODUCTION CREDITS NOTE: Library permission and acknowledgement required. Summary: ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY: In June 1974 women from Women’s Liberation (Canberra) and Women’s Electoral Lobby (ACT) held a meeting to examine the possibility of establishing a women’s refuge in Canberra. At this meeting, the Canberra Women’s Refuge Committee was formed, and soon after sent a submission to the Minister of the Capital Territory, Gordon Bryant. As a result, the Department of the Capital Territory (DCT) provided the Committee with a house in the Canberra suburb of Watson and a $4000 establishment grant for the creation of a refuge. The Canberra Women’s Refuge was officially opened on 8th March, 1975, International Women’s Day, by feminist Beryl Henderson (see footnote). Initially having no paid staff, it at once launched a 24 hour daily roster run solely through the support of a large number of volunteers. In September 1975 the Refuge was allocated a $17,000 grant from the Capital Territory Health Commission (CTHC), which allowed for the position of one full-time paid co-ordinator to be established. Gradually, through further grants or donations, more paid positions became available, and by 1985, the Refuge had fifteen permanent paid workers and five casual paid workers. Due to the small size of the Watson house and neighbours’ complaints about the noise, in May 1976 the DCT provided the Refuge with new premises in Kingston. In November 1977, after two residents squatted in a neighbouring house to highlight the difficult emergency housing situation, the Refuge was provided with these extra premises on a rental basis. This was used as a halfway house or children’s annex over the years, depending on the immediate needs of the Refuge. In 1979 the Canberra Women’s Refuge was named “Beryl”, in honour of Beryl Henderson. Although initially this name seems to have been more of an informal title, in 2002, the Refuge was still operating under the name “Beryl Women’s Refuge”. In October 1981, a member of the Refuge Collective, Elizabeth “Biff” Ward wrote a brief history of the Refuge (file 111). In this she commented that the primary aims of the Refuge were: 1. To operate as a feminist Collective 2. To operate as an open Collective 3. For Collective members to offer non-directive support, care and empathy 4. For the household to be seen as the home of the women and children living there. Now known as Beryl Women Inc, the refuge has continued to provide much needed direct support to victims of domestic and family violence over a very long period of time, celebrating 40 years of operation on 8 March 2015. Footnote: Originally from England, Beryl Henderson (1897 – 1990) came to Australia in 1965, after four years in Israel. She set up the first Abortion Law Reform Association in Canberra, and was an active member of the Family Planning Association, the Women’s Electoral Lobby and the Humanist Society. Henderson also made the French abortion campaign available to English-speakers in 1974, when she translated the French work, 'Abortion: The Bobigny Trial'. Although she returned to Israel in the late 1970s, her name lives on in Australia with the Beryl Henderson Foundation, which presents an annual national prize to an undergraduate student for the best essay on the subject of feminism.
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Series 1 Annual Reports 1974 – 1985:

This series comprises annual reports, six monthly reports, draft reports and artwork for annual reports. The annual reports are in bound published volumes and report on the organisation’s functions throughout the year. They include annual statistics on women staying in the refuge and financial statements.

File 1 Annual Reports 1974 – 1976;
File 2 Annual Reports 1977 – 1982;
File 3 Annual Reports 1982 – 1985;
File 4 Six Monthly Reports 1976 – 1977;
File 5 Draft Annual Report 1977-1978;
File 6 Draft Annual Report 1978 – 1985;
File 7 Artwork for Annual Report 1977 ;
File 8 Artwork for Annual Report 1981 – 1982;
File 9 Artwork for Annual Report 1984 – 1985.

Series 2 Minutes 1975 – 1988:

This series comprises staff meeting minutes, collective meeting minutes, Women’s Refuge Emergency Housing & Related Issues Committee minutes and Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) minutes. Some of the meeting minutes are handwritten on loose A4 paper, and a number of these have been glued into lecture pads. Other minutes, however, were handwritten straight on to lecture pads. Issues addressed included correspondence, finances, newsletter publication, staffing rosters, food and sleeping requirements of the refuge. They are arranged in chronological order.

File 10 Staff Meeting Minutes 15/2/78 – 23/1/80 (some are undated and a number are missing);
File 11 Staff Meeting Minutes 6/2/80 – 24/6/81 (some are undated and a number are missing);
File 12 Staff Meeting Minutes 2/8/82 – 30/6/83.
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File 13 Collective Meeting Minutes 3/75 – 3/6/79;
File 14 Collective Meeting Minutes 1/7/79 – 5/4/81;
File 15 Collective Meeting Minutes 3/5/81 – 20/6/82;
File 16 Collective Meeting Minutes 1/7/82 – 30/6/83;
File 17 Women’s Refuge Emergency Housing & Related Issues Committee Minutes 20/4/78 – 26/4/79;
File 18 SAAP Minutes 8/8/86 – 24/6/88.

Series 3 Correspondence 1975 – 1989:

This series comprises general correspondence, housing correspondence, funding correspondence, complaints correspondence and notes. It has been divided into incoming and outgoing letters. The series illustrates the interaction between other funding bodies and the refuge.

File 19 General Correspondence 10/3/75 – 8/2/82 (some undated);
File 20 Housing Correspondence 5/6/75 – 29/11/82 (some undated);
File 21 Funding Correspondence 21/12/76 – 17/3/82 (some undated);

[FILE 22: CLOSED TO PUBLIC ACCESS UNTIL 31.12.2089]

File 22 Complaints Correspondence & Notes 19/4/78 – 9/11/89 (some undated).

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Series 4 Funding 1976 – 1991:

This series comprises files pertaining to grants that were received from the Totalizator Agency Board (TAB), Capital Territory Health Commission (CTHC), Community Chest, Department of Capital Territory (DCT), Department of Social Security Children’s Services Program, Department of Social Security Special Needs’ Grant and general funding for women’s services. Files 23 to 40 were originally numbered 1 to 19 (7 and 17 appear to be missing). The file numbers have been changed by the archivist, but notation of the original number remains on the file. The names on the file remain the same. The SAAP Mark II funding file contains meetings and minutes from June 1988 to February 1989 and correspondence from 27 February 1987 to 17 October 1991, which relates to the funding of the Canberra Women’s Refuge.

File 23 TAB Funding 1976 – 1979 (1);
File 24 CTHC Grant Funding 1977 – 1978 (2);
File 25 CTHC Grant Funding 1978 – 1979 (3);
File 26 CTHC Grant Funding 1979 – 1980 (4);
File 27 CTHC Grant Funding 1975 – 1977 (5) (original order maintained);
File 28 Community Chest & Other Sources Funding 1977 – 1979 (6);
File 29 Correspondence & Estimates CTHC Grant 1980 – 1981 (8);
File 30 Health Commission Meeting 19 November 1980 (8A);
File 31 DCT Welfare Grant 1980 – 1981 (9);
File 32 CTHC Grant 1981 – 1983 (10);
File 33 Family Support Services Funding 1981 – 1982 (11);
File 34 Special Needs Grant 1981 – 1982 (12);
File 35 DCT Welfare Grant 1981 – 1983 (13);
File 36 Childcare Recurrent Grant 1979 – 1982 (14);
File 37 Community Development Grant 1982 – 1983 (15);
File 38 Childcare Recurrent Grant 1982 – 1983 (16);
File 39 Family Support Services Funding 1982 – 1983 (18);
File 40 Rent Grant Funding 1976 – 1983 (19);
File 41 Funding for Women’s Services 1981 – 1982;
File 42 SAAP Mark II Funding 1987 – 1991.


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Series 5 Donations 1975 – 1989:

This series comprises correspondence that relates to donations to the Canberra Women’s Refuge. Included are letters that accompanied donations from church groups, women’s associations, Canberra Church of England Girl’s Grammar School, the Lion’s Club, Rotary Club, local business houses, and personal donations from the general public and other groups. Requests for donations and letters of thanks from the Refuge are also part of this series.

File 43 Donations 1975 – 1980;
File 44 Donations 1981 – 1983;
File 45 Donations/Christmas Mailing List 1989.


Series 6 Statistics 1975 – 1991:

This series comprises annual statistics, quarterly statistics, daily statistics follow-up statistics and SAAP data records. The statistics were used as evidential, fiscal and administrative data for the Refuge’s annual reports and applications for grants. Statistics included are the average number of residents at the Refuge and Halfway House per night, length of stay, means of referral, number of children accompanying women, personal details of occupants and the reason for coming to the refuge.

File 46 Annual Statistics 1975 – 1988 (missing 1983 – 1984, 1977 – 1978 draft copy);
File 47 Quarterly Statistics 1/8/75 – 30/9/82;
File 48 Quarterly Statistics 1985 – 1990 (missing 1989 – 1990);
File 49 Daily Statistics 5/6/83 – 30/9/83 (missing 6/6/83, 8/6/83 – 30/6/83, 2/7/83 – 3/7/83, 5/7/83, 7/7/83, 20/8/83 – 21/8/83, 17/9/83 – 18/9/83);
File 50 Follow-up Statistics January 1981 – March 1982;
File 51 SAAP Data Records May 1988 – December 1991 (missing August 1990, January – July 1991, September – November 1991).

Series 7 Submissions 1975 – 1989:

This series contains submissions for the establishment of a women’s refuge in Canberra by Women’s Electoral Lobby (ACT) and Canberra Women’s Liberation. It also incorporates submissions from the Canberra Women’s Refuge to the Royal Commission on Human Relationships and the Abortion Enquiry. Submissions for the Canberra Women’s Refuge Incest Outreach Program and for another refuge in Canberra, appendices for the Moruya Refuge submission and a submission from radio station 2XX to the National Education Program to Reduce Domestic Violence are also included in this series.

File 52 Submissions 1975 – 1986;
File 53 Moruya Refuge Submission 1982;
File 54 2XX Submission 1989.

Series 8 Reports 1968 – 1981:

This series comprises reports and annual reports from other organisations. Subjects include homelessness, women’s health, emergency housing, collection of canned food for Canberra Women’s Refuge, progress report on the Family Court of Australia, refuges, migrant women, disabled persons, hospitals. Annual reports are from the Good Neighbour Council of the ACT Inc and Council of Social Service of the ACT.

File 55 Reports 1968 – 1981;
File 56 Annual Reports from other Organisations 1976 – 1980.
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Series 9 Day Books, Diaries & Roster Books 1977 – 1984:

This series comprises diaries; log books of day’s events, telephone and visitors books, meals and sleeping registers. Handwritten information is included in various A4 lecture pads and exercise books, as well as smaller desk diaries of varying sizes.
Records illustrate the daily activities of the refuge, the number of women and children arriving each day and any person visiting the refuge.

File 57 Day Books 24/1/77 – 13/1/79 (missing 25/6/77 – 7/5/78);
File 58 Day Books 2/2/79 – 21/12/79;
File 59 Day Books 20/12/79 – 29/6/80;
File 60 Day Books 30/6/80 – 26/12/80;
File 61 Day Books 26/12/80 – 25/6/81;
File 62 Day Books 26/6/81 – 23/12/81.

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File 63 Day Books 24/12/81 – 31/5/82;
File 64 Day Books 31/5/82 – 30/11/82;
File 65 Day Books 1/12/82 – 30/4/83;
File 66 Day Books 1/5/83 – 18/10/83;
File 67 Day Books 18/10/83 – 13/1/84;
File 68 Milk/Roster Books 1975 – June 1977.


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File 69 Milk/Roster Books July 1977 – June 1978;
File 70 Milk/Roster Books July 1978 – June 1980;
File 71 Milk/Roster Books July 1981 – December 1982;
File 72 Diaries 1976 – 1977;
File 73 Diaries 1978 – 1983 (missing July 1978 – 15 November 1981).

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File 74 Children’s Workers Log c. 197?;
File 75 Personal Diary 1978 – 1980.

Series 10 Training 1974 – 1981:

This series comprises counselling and training information, which was apparently used for staff education. Also included is material created by staff in the course of their training programs. Most of these records are handwritten on A3 writing pads and computer paper.

File 76 Counselling/Training 1974 – 1978;
File 77 Roster Training 1977 – 1981.

Series 11 National Refuge Information 1974 – 1986:

This series contains information concerning women’s refuges from around Australia. This includes material and correspondence from individual refuges, as well as records relating to a national campaign and an important meeting with Prime Minister Fraser for refuge funding.

File 78 NSW Refuges 1976 – 1982;
File 79 Elsie Refuge 1974 – 1978;
File 80 Marrickville Women’s Refuge 1976 – 1977;
File 81 Bonnie Refuge 1976 – 1977;
File 82 Bathurst Women’s Refuge 1978;
File 83 Louise Refuge, Queanbeyan 1979 – 1982;
File 84 Essie Women’s Refuge Ltd 1982;
File 85 Victorian Refuges 1974 – 1986;
File 86 Hassles of Victorian Refuges 1979 – 1980;
File 87 Adelaide Women’s Emergency Shelter/Women’s Shelter Advisory Committee 1975 – 1983;
File 88 Refuges Western Australia Papers 1975 – 1981;
File 89 Refuges Western Australia Minutes 1981 – 1983;
File 90 Hobart Women’s Shelter 1976 – 1982;
File 91 Queensland Refuges 1976 – 1979;
File 92 Darwin Refuges 1978;
File 93 National Campaign for Refuge Funding 1975 – 1981;
File 94 Fraser Meeting Submissions 1976;
File 95 NSW/ACT Women’s Refuge Co-ordinating Minutes/Working Papers 1975 – 1977;
File 96 NSW/ACT Women’s Refuge Co-ordinating Group Correspondence 24/1/77 – 26/4/78.

Series 12 Children’s Services 1975 – 1990:

This series contains material relating to childcare, the Refuge’s school holiday programs, the establishment of a Children’s Annex at the Refuge and issues concerning children. Correspondence with government departments, press releases, funding information, press clippings, grants, notes from meetings, a government insurance policy and reports are also included.

File 97 Children’s Services Papers 1975 – 1980;
File 98 School Holiday Programs 1976 – 1980;
File 99 Children’s Annex Papers 1978 – 1979;
File 100 Children’s Services Proposal 1980;
File 101 Children & Family Court Papers c. 1980;
File 102 Incest & Children Papers 1984 – 1988;
File 103 Youth Adventure Holidays Papers 1985 – 1990.

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File 93 National Campaign for Refuge Funding 1975 – 1981;
File 94 Fraser Meeting Submissions 1976;
File 95 NSW/ACT Women’s Refuge Co-ordinating Minutes/Working Papers 1975 – 1977;
File 96 NSW/ACT Women’s Refuge Co-ordinating Group Correspondence 24/1/77 – 26/4/78.

Series 12 Children’s Services 1975 – 1990:

This series contains material relating to childcare, the Refuge’s school holiday programs, the establishment of a Children’s Annex at the Refuge and issues concerning children. Correspondence with government departments, press releases, funding information, press clippings, grants, notes from meetings, a government insurance policy and reports are also included.

File 97 Children’s Services Papers 1975 – 1980;
File 98 School Holiday Programs 1976 – 1980;
File 99 Children’s Annex Papers 1978 – 1979;
File 100 Children’s Services Proposal 1980;
File 101 Children & Family Court Papers c. 1980;
File 102 Incest & Children Papers 1984 – 1988;
File 103 Youth Adventure Holidays Papers 1985 – 1990.


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Series 13 Discussion Papers 1973 – 1982:

This series contains discussion papers, with subjects including battered wives, housing, social security and legal aid. Also incorporated is a paper on legal problems of married women in the ACT written by a member of the Canberra Women’s Refuge, and responses to it from various politicians and solicitors.

File 104 Discussion Papers 1973 – 1976;
File 105 Discussion Papers 1977 – 1982;
File 106 Married Women Paper & Responses 1977.

Series 14 Questionnaires 1975 – 1982:

This series comprises questionnaires for the NSW Refuges Evaluation Project. The Evaluation Project includes questions on paid workers, volunteers, residents and management at refuges. Most of these forms are blank, although some have been filled in. The series also incorporates a questionnaire completed by Canberra Women’s Refuge for the Special Project Study of Welfare Services to Families in the ACT.

File 107 Evaluation Project Questionnaires 1982;
File 108 Questionnaire – Welfare 1975.

Series 15 Press Releases 1976 – 1983:

This series contains press releases from the Canberra Women’s Refuge for its school holiday program, funding, need for a mini bus and housing. It also includes releases on the need for national funding for women’s refuges.

File 109 Press Releases 1976 – 1983.

Series 16 Refuge Publicity 1974 – 1982:

This series contains material on publicity for the Canberra Women’s Refuge. This includes information on the establishment and general operation of the refuge, as well as correspondence with media organisations. Seminar notes on the administration of community groups and the effective use of the media are also incorporated.

File 110 Refuge Publicity 1974 – 1982.

Series 17 Refuge Information 1975 – 1985:

This series comprises general information on the Canberra Women’s Refuge. This includes a brief history of the Refuge, application forms, rules, the Refuge song and the Canberra Women’s Refuge film. It also contains material on the Refuge’s halfway house and other housing information.

File 111 General Refuge Information c. 1975 – 1981;
File 112 Halfway House Information 1975 – 1985;
File 113 CWR Film 1978 – 1979;
File 114 Housing 1979 – 1981.

Series 18 Conferences 1978 – 1990:

This series contains agendas, conference papers, correspondence, press releases, receipts and minutes pertaining to conferences related to the Canberra Women’s Refuge’s activities. Conferences included are National Women’s Refuge Conferences, NSW Women’s Refuge State Conferences, Children’s Services Conferences, National Conference on Rape Law Reform, Legal Aid Seminar and National Family Policy Conference.

File 115 National Women’s Refuge Conference Melbourne 1978;
File 116 National Women’s Refuge Conference Adelaide 1980.

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File 117 National Women’s Refuge Conference Canberra 1981;
File 118 National Women’s Refuge Conference Melbourne 1982;
File 119 NSW Women’s Refuge State Conference Griffith 1981;
File 120 NSW Women’s Refuge State Conference Queanbeyan 1985;
File 121 Children’s Services Conferences 1980 – 1990;
File 122 National Conference on Rape Law Reform May 1980;
File 123 National Family Policy Conference 1980;
File 124 Legal Aid Seminar 1981.

Series 19 Newsletters 1975 – 1984:

This series contains the newsletters created by the Canberra Women’s Refuge, 'In Touch', together with the Diary, a summary of events at the Refuge. It also includes the originals and some masters of the newsletter 'Wimminews', produced by the Canberra Women’s Centre. Newsletters from other sources, listed below, were part of the Refuge newsletter collection, and have been added to the Jessie Street National Women’s Library newsletters collection.

File 125 'In Touch' Newsletter 1975 – 1980 (missing June 1976 – May 1979);
File 126 Diary May 1977 – February 1979 (missing September – December 1977, August 1978);
File 127 'Wimminews' Originals December 1982;
File 128 'Wimminews' Originals & Masters January – June 1983;
File 129 'Wimminews' Originals July – December 1983.

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File 130 'Wimminews' Originals January – September 1984 (missing March);
File 131 Resource list: Newsletters from other Sources.

Series 20 Press Clippings 1970 – 1987:

This series includes press clippings pertaining to issues relevant to the Canberra Women’s Refuge. They have been photocopied and the originals stored in Box 0002 LAP.

File 132 Press Clippings 1970 – 1987.

Series 21 Journal Articles 1970 – 1976:

This series contains articles from various journals, including 'Social Work Today', the 'Australian Financial Review', 'Reader’s Digest', the 'Baptist Times', 'American Bar Association' and 'Togatus'. These articles concern housing, coercive psychiatry, nuclear power radiation and law reform.

File 133 Journal Articles 1970 – 1976.

Series 22 Handouts/Pamphlets:

This series comprises handouts and pamphlets relating to women’s unemployment, refuge funding, Women Against the Violent Society, Richmond Fellowship, Legal Aid, housing, abortion, Third International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women and privacy law.

File 134 Handouts/Pamphlets.

Series 23 Papers 1976 – 1981:

This series contains papers from Reverse Garbage, ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS), National Women’s Advisory Council, Women’s Electoral Lobby, Office of Women’s Affairs, ACT Rape Crisis Centre and resolutions from a public meeting. It also includes Canberra Women’s Refuge working papers.

File 135 Refuge Papers/Minutes Other Organisations 1976;
File 136 Reverse Garbage Papers 1977 – 1979;
File 137 ACTCOSS Papers 1977 – 1981;
File 138 Papers from other Women’s Organisations 1978 – 1980;
File 139 Working Papers.

RESTRICTION ON PUBLICATION:

Library permission required and acknowledgement to be given. PHYSICAL ACCESS CONDITIONS:

Closed access on some files as marked, otherwise available for research in the Library.


CREATION/PRODUCTION CREDITS NOTE:

Library permission and acknowledgement required.

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY:

In June 1974 women from Women’s Liberation (Canberra) and Women’s Electoral Lobby (ACT) held a meeting to examine the possibility of establishing a women’s refuge in Canberra. At this meeting, the Canberra Women’s Refuge Committee was formed, and soon after sent a submission to the Minister of the Capital Territory, Gordon Bryant. As a result, the Department of the Capital Territory (DCT) provided the Committee with a house in the Canberra suburb of Watson and a $4000 establishment grant for the creation of a refuge.

The Canberra Women’s Refuge was officially opened on 8th March, 1975, International Women’s Day, by feminist Beryl Henderson (see footnote). Initially having no paid staff, it at once launched a 24 hour daily roster run solely through the support of a large number of volunteers. In September 1975 the Refuge was allocated a $17,000 grant from the Capital Territory Health Commission (CTHC), which allowed for the position of one full-time paid co-ordinator to be established. Gradually, through further grants or donations, more paid positions became available, and by 1985, the Refuge had fifteen permanent paid workers and five casual paid workers.

Due to the small size of the Watson house and neighbours’ complaints about the noise, in May 1976 the DCT provided the Refuge with new premises in Kingston. In November 1977, after two residents squatted in a neighbouring house to highlight the difficult emergency housing situation, the Refuge was provided with these extra premises on a rental basis. This was used as a halfway house or children’s annex over the years, depending on the immediate needs of the Refuge.

In 1979 the Canberra Women’s Refuge was named “Beryl”, in honour of Beryl Henderson. Although initially this name seems to have been more of an informal title, in 2002, the Refuge was still operating under the name “Beryl Women’s Refuge”.

In October 1981, a member of the Refuge Collective, Elizabeth “Biff” Ward wrote a brief history of the Refuge (file 111). In this she commented that the primary aims of the Refuge were:

1. To operate as a feminist Collective
2. To operate as an open Collective
3. For Collective members to offer non-directive support, care and empathy
4. For the household to be seen as the home of the women and children living there.

Now known as Beryl Women Inc, the refuge has continued to provide much needed direct support to victims of domestic and family violence over a very long period of time, celebrating 40 years of operation on 8 March 2015.

Footnote: Originally from England, Beryl Henderson (1897 – 1990) came to Australia in 1965, after four years in Israel. She set up the first Abortion Law Reform Association in Canberra, and was an active member of the Family Planning Association, the Women’s Electoral Lobby and the Humanist Society. Henderson also made the French abortion campaign available to English-speakers in 1974, when she translated the French work, 'Abortion: The Bobigny Trial'. Although she returned to Israel in the late 1970s, her name lives on in Australia with the Beryl Henderson Foundation, which presents an annual national prize to an undergraduate student for the best essay on the subject of feminism.

TERMS GOVERNING REPRODUCTION:

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SOURCE OF ACQUISITION:

Mary Hutchison and Frances Sutherland.
METHOD OF ACQUISITION:

Deed of gift 11.4.2000. DATE OF ACQUISITION:

1993. AC EXTENT:

12 x standard archive boxes
1.44 linear metres

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LANGUAGE NOTE:
English

OWNERSHIP AND CUSTODIAL HISTORY:

Canberra Women's Refuge (Beryl) papers were once part of the Canberra Women's Archive (CWA) and the material was donated to JSNWL to maintain the integrity of the CWA collection.

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