1960's - Swinging 60's
The decade of protest, folk songs and the Vietnam War. Membership was
growing into an active and ever broader group of women dedicated to
voluntary service and helping sick children.
The custom of morning coffees was begun to welcome new members and
introduce them to the work of the Auxiliary. Following the move to decimal
currency in 1966, the then President, Mrs. R.D. Ellet, presented some
"converted statistics - by the end of the decade the AWA had contributed
$60,000 to the Royal Children's Hospital - huge sum of money - sewn
thousands of items, supported a 13 bed ward, and pledged $10,000 to the
Psychiatric Unit - now a world class centre thanks in part to AWA
VIPs take interest: Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies and future Prime
Minister Harold Holt were among distinguished guests at 1963 Independence
Day Ball, the "Showboat Dinner Dance" - a swinging musical night, in tune
with the record.