Category Archives: History



Many Women’s Institute members are unsure of how the organization is involved with the United Nations. The following article, written by Elizabeth Rushton, Alberta Women’s Institutes, during her terms as Area President of ACWW for Canada, outlines those links as they existed in 1999. “Probably one of the lesser known activities of ACWW is itsContinue Reading

Into a New Term – History in the Making!

Now that September has arrived, we start a new term of activities and of making history. The coming term of 2018 – 2019 will have some momentous events marking memorable events, and creating some new history for the Women’s Institutes. In July of 2018, the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada Convention was held in Winnipeg,Continue Reading

A Glance at Women’s Institutes in Earlier years

Among the many newspaper clippings I have located through my time as Provincial Historian, I have two or more which cite some of Women’s Institute happenings just after World War 2. With the war over, the members turned their thoughts to more traditional subjects, and certainly craft work and the preservation of heritage activities, includingContinue Reading

The Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Woman of the Year Award

The Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Woman of the Year Award

When I received the phone call informing me that I was the recipient of the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Woman of the Year Award for 2018 I was most surprised. I knew I had been nominated in 2017 but I had become involved in other matters and the pending announcement for 2018 did not occur toContinue Reading

Madge Robertson – before she became Madge Watt

Many of us know little about Madge Rose Robertson’s life before she married Alfred Tennyson Watt. I have read some articles on her childhood and education years, including the book“Madge Robertson Watt and the ACWW written by Linda M. Ambrose. Madge was the eldest of two daughters born to Henry Robertson and Bethia Rose Robertson. She hadContinue Reading

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