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Melbourne’s Largest American Female Expat Organisation

The American Women’s Association was established over 80 years ago as a philanthropic organisation aimed at bringing American women together.
Over the years, our organisation has raised over $4 million and provided thousands of volunteering hours to the Royal Children's Hospital.

Meet Our Members

  • Program Manager
    Member Since 2014
    My husband and I were thrilled at the opportunity for him to take a job assignment in Melbourne. Coming from the land-locked state of Colorado, we were immediately drawn to the water and have happily settled into Port Melbourne life. Volunteering was a big part of my life in the States and I’m enjoying continuing that here in Australia –…
  • TV & Film Extra and Voice Over Artist
    Member Since 2014
    I wanted to raise my boys (cats) in Australia so I moved back after a 20 year absence. My accent is rather muddled but my boys still have their southern drawl (Virginia) meeeeoooow! I joined the AWA to connect with other American ex-pats. In my spare time I am a National Trust volunteer at Rippon Lea Mansion and Estate, which currently has a…
  • Consul General
    Member Since Honorary Member
    We are very pleased to have Frankie Reed join the AWA as our honorary member this month. As you can see below she has countless experience working in the Asia Pacific political realm. Frankie A. Reed arrived in Melbourne in March 2015 to assume the position of Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General Melbourne. Prior to moving to Australia she…
  • Currently Job Hunting!
    Member Since Through an existing…
    My husband and I relocated to Melbourne, Australia from Southern CA. We are enjoying the high energy lifestyle here! We love to run, hike and travel.
  • Supermom
    Member Since 2014
    I came to Australia in November 2008 after dating my now Australian husband for about a year. It was a scary decision not knowing much about the Australian culture, but was happy to find out that Seattle and Melbourne are quite similar. Coffee, food, nature and arts all at your fingertips. I happily go on daily adventures with my little boy, we…
  • Volunteer
    Member Since 2014
    We love Australia! Wilson’s Promontory is our favourite place in all of Victoria – the beach, mountains, a river and WOMBATS! Melbourne has ruined me for all American coffee…
  • Retired. Business Development Representative, Catholic Development Fund, Archdiocese of Melbourne (1989-2008) Production Planner, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York (1964-1976)
    Member Since 1976
    I married an Australian (whom I met in Spain) in 1976 and made Melbourne my new home. I was introduced to the AWA through friends from Kodak and have been very proud of the wonderful contribution our American group has made to the hospital over many years. Meeting the needs of sick children particularly touched my mother's heart. I enjoy reading,…
  • Model
    Member Since 2015
    I came to Australia because of the classic love story- girl meets boy, but boy lives 7,941mi away! I have been living between Melbourne and Orange County since Feb '14. I love to cook and fancy myself as being quite domesticated ;) I also enjoy a variety of physical activities including yoga, cycling, weight lifting, runs along the Yarra River,…
  • Cloud Services Integrator
    Member Since 2013
    Megan is from San Diego, California and has lived in Melbourne for 2 years. She has been AWA’s Director of Internal Communications since July 2014, was the chair of last year’s Halloween Extravaganza, and works on new Cloud products at Telstra. She’s lucky enough to have her mom, dad, brother, and two dogs living in Melbourne. In her spare time…
  • Marketing Consultant
    Member Since 2014
    Originally a small town girl who moved to the Big Apple and then to Oz! Enjoying life down under with my husband, rescued greyhound, and our soon to arrive baby daughter.

What's New

From The AWA Blog...

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Calling ghosts, goblins and ghouls… Come one, come all to the family friendly Halloween Extravaganza!  Please join us at our annual Halloween FUNraidser to benefit The Royal Children's…

Get Involved

  • Thursday, 8 October 20156:30pm
    It's the right time of year to get ourselves to one of Melbourne's rooftop bars in the city. Luckily, this one has cover and heaters if Melbourne doesn't turn it on for us. This months' drinks will be at: Aer Bar (on the rooftop of European Bier…
  • Saturday, 21 November 201510:00am
    Our brunch group will be meeting Saturday, November 21st at 10am.    Find us at  Friends of Mine!
  • Saturday, 17 October 201510:00am
    Our brunch group will be meeting Saturday, October 17th at 10am.   Find us at Hobba ! 
  • Tuesday, 27 October 2015TBD
    This month the group will be meeting at a member's home in Port Melbourne on Tuesday 27 October.  The group will be reading The Birdwatcher  by William McInnes.   If you are interested in attending, please email…
  • Wednesday, 28 October 20157:00pm
    G'Day Melbourne Metro Biters, This month we are going for yummy Japanese! Venue:      Izakaya Teppanyaki Address:   34 Bray Street, South Yarra                  (think you can…
  • Thursday, 1 October 20155:15pm
    The group will be meeting at the hidden bar/ restaurant called Zhou Zhou in South Yarra across from the theaters at 5:15pm, and then heading over to the Jam Factory to watch the movie. Time and location for both the drinks/ appetizers and the movie…
  • Saturday, 31 October 2015 Noon - 5pm
    Back by popular demand (from the kiddos of course)! Calling ghosts, goblins & ghouls...Come one, come all to our annual family friendly Halloween event! See you there on 31 October at Hampton Street!
  • Saturday, 31 October 2015Noon - 5 pm
    Calling all creative parents, local artists, and Halloween devotees! Register today to compete in our 'trunk or treat' car decoration competition! The most creative theme wins a generous prize - not to mention be seen by thousands via the foot…
  • Saturday, 21 November 20153:00pm-7:00pm
    SAVE-THE-DATE Thanksgiving is just around the corner; cooler weather, autumn leaves, football season.... if we were in the US. Just because we don't live in the US doesn't mean we can't celebrate! Come join the AWA Mom and Tots group to celebrate…
  • Tuesday, 8 December 2015TBD
    We are excited to announce that Cocktails at the Consulate will be available to our members this year.   We'll be in touch soon with the December date. Stay tuned!
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