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The Words for Peace initiative has been developed by ACT Branch members. The project invites young people (from 10 to 18 years old) across the Canberra region to submit poetry, prose, song or drawing on 'what peace means to you'.
The Words for Peace project awards ceremony was held on 21 September, the 2013 International Day of Peace. For further information, please email Words for Peace at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



QLD - Brisbane Women Peacemakers 1915-39

Some important Brisbane women spoke for peace during World War One.

WILPF has received a grant from the Brisbane City Council History Grants Program to undertake historical research and write the story of these women who formed and participated in the peace organisations in Brisbane from 1915 to 1939. It will form the basis for online and print publication. Our historian, Dr Deb Jordan, has begun a blog with details of the research.

The Brisbane branch of the Women’s Peace Army (WPA) was formed in November 1915. The Brisbane minute books and other records such as correspondence and copies of speeches do not seem to have survived. Newspaper reports are available through TROVE. We believe that there is an as yet untapped source of material in other institutions such as the National Archives.

The Brisbane community, at this time, was divided on the issue of conscription. In 1917 when Adela Pankhurst from the national WPA toured Queensland, she caused a sensation when she spoke against conscription to crowds in Brisbane. Many other significant women were involved in peace activism up until 1939; including those deeply concerned about child victims of war and active internationally through Save the Children. A further group of prominent women, such as Brisbane woman Margaret Thorpe, became involved in international relations and the League of Nations.

When these women are included in our histories, we will have the basis for creative ways of sharing our history, and increasing public awareness of local history and heritage.

The Brisbane Women PeaceMakers will be celebrated posthumously as WILPF Peacewomen at an event on 8 October 2017.  Booking details here.

This project is proudly funded by the Brisbane History Grants Program 2016-17 from Brisbane City Council.

Brisbane City Council Centre Colour 

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To celebrate the WILPF Centenary, the Queensland Branch has created a set of posters showing the work of WILPF Queensland since its beginnings during the first world war.

The Early Years

The 1960s

The 1970s

The 1980s

The 1990s

The 2000s

2001 to now



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 "There is no way to peace; peace is the way."  
Edith Greene Balch, founding member of WILPF and Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1946.