• Betty Latham and Joan Birnie

    Betty Latham and Joan Birnie

  • Lady Cosgrove accepting the DWSG book from Les Bienkiewicz

    Lady Cosgrove accepting the DWSG book from Les Bienkiewicz

  • President DFWA, Les Bienkiewicz

    President DFWA, Les Bienkiewicz

  • Colonel Natasha Fox and Dawn Laing

    Colonel Natasha Fox and Dawn Laing

  • Marjorie Sharp and Judy Vinall

    Marjorie Sharp and Judy Vinall

  • Annette Sadler, Group Captain Catherine Wallis and Judy Friend

    Annette Sadler, Group Captain Catherine Wallis and Judy Friend

  • Robyn Ritchie and Chaplain Sarah Gibson

    Robyn Ritchie and Chaplain Sarah Gibson

  • Judy Vinall and Betty Eveille

    Judy Vinall and Betty Eveille

  • Pat Seach, Jeanette Plowright and Janet Baxter

    Pat Seach, Jeanette Plowright and Janet Baxter

  • Sylvia Sinfield, Dianne Sell and Betty McIntosh

    Sylvia Sinfield, Dianne Sell and Betty McIntosh

  • Les Bienkiewicz, Lady Cosgrove, Convenor ACT DWSG Chritine Lamb and Rear Admiral Michael Van Balan.

    Les Bienkiewicz, Lady Cosgrove, Convenor ACT DWSG Chritine Lamb and Rear Admiral Michael Van Balan.

Defence Widows' Support Group Annual Lunch

25 September 2014

The Defence Widows’ Support Group ACT welcomed Lady Cosgrove to their annual lunch in her capacity as patron and on this occasion as guest of honour to give the group an insight into her new ‘occupation’ as part of the partnership that is our Vice Regal team, Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove.
 

Lady Cosgrove is no stranger to military life of course, and has on many occasions joined the families of serving personnel to support them at Defence Welfare events while loved ones served overseas sometimes in the most difficult  theatres of war and is a generous, kind and compassionate confidant in the most difficult of circumstances, especially when Australians need a head of state to represent them on the world stage. And that was important when the bodies of victims of the Malaysian airlines disaster in Ukraine were brought to Amsterdam.

In her short time at Yarralumla she’s already whizzed off overseas at a moment’s notice, welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George – yes she did get to give him a few cuddles – visited Aboriginal communities in the far north and entertained at home and overseas, as well as enjoyed a cuppa with The Queen. 
The guests loved hearing the stories from this Lady with a no nonsense attitude and genuine friendship for these Defence Force widows who have not always had the easiest of lives but are well supported by each other and the organisation that provides a lifelong avenue of support in areas that can prove difficult to deal with.
 

To thank Lady Cosgrove, a book compiled from a collection of individual stories from this group and called Here, There, Away was presented by Les Bienkiewicz, President of the Defence Force Welfare Association.