• Trish Adams, Colonel Nicole Longley and Sylvia Candy

    Trish Adams, Colonel Nicole Longley and Sylvia Candy

  • Rose Hockham and Kaye Weatherall

    Rose Hockham and Kaye Weatherall

  • Pat McCabe, Captain Craig Powell and Jeanette Plowright

    Pat McCabe, Captain Craig Powell and Jeanette Plowright

  • Pat Lavett, Lilean Liander, June O'Donnell and Margaret Eliason

    Pat Lavett, Lilean Liander, June O'Donnell and Margaret Eliason

  • Pamela Yonge, Hilton Lenard and June McQuinn

    Pamela Yonge, Hilton Lenard and June McQuinn

  • Nelson Waslin and Judy Rowe

    Nelson Waslin and Judy Rowe

  • Mindy Sutherland and Judy Rowe

    Mindy Sutherland and Judy Rowe

  • Mary Hodgkinson and Joan Birnie

    Mary Hodgkinson and Joan Birnie

  • mary Biddle, Noela Oldham and Fran Middleton

    mary Biddle, Noela Oldham and Fran Middleton

  • Dawn laing and Maelyn Wishart

    Dawn laing and Maelyn Wishart

  • Chris Johnson, David Clinch, Margaret Creed and Barb Edward

    Chris Johnson, David Clinch, Margaret Creed and Barb Edward

  • Beryl White and Group Captain Karen Ashworth

    Beryl White and Group Captain Karen Ashworth

  • Tim Sullivan and Annette Sadler

    Tim Sullivan and Annette Sadler

Defence Widow's Support Group Annual Lunch

24 September 2015

Tim Sullivan is a man who loves history and particularly the stories of our involvement in wars. Not just those of the soldiers, sailors and airman but of the extended families, the connections, the minutiae and memorabilia that give a wider picture of the experiences often held in the ‘shoebox’ in the back of a cupboard undiscovered until a death.

Many nodding heads at the annual Defence Widow’s Support Group lunch affirmed what Sullivan said about the importance of all aspects of creating the Australian War Memorial’s comprehensive approach to storytelling and the intent to put people first in their continuing collecting. And what a formidable collection it is, with now in this digital era the need for a different approach to collecting and collating.
The big stuff is important too with a Bushmaster PMV used in Afghanistan and a Chinook – not the salmon but the helo - soon to take up residence at the AWM.

For all the ladies who come together for this lunch from different organisations and affiliations such as Legacy’s BB – that’s baby boomers - the War Widows Guild, the RSL and TPI membership, the pleasure in the company of like minded and supportive friends is an annual event always keenly anticipated and enjoyed.