What do you think of when someone mentions the CWA?  Cakes?  Me too!  So I was more than happy to visit the CWA Gift Shop at 165 Elizabeth Street in Hobart recently so I could research an article for Think Tasmania.

CWA Gift Shop - Carrot Cake
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A frosted Carrot Cake, one of many favourites made by the CWA ladies in Hobart

CWA Gift Shop: 165 Elizabeth Street in Hobart

Roger Findlay was actually the catalyst for this article.  He gave me a voucher for the CWA Gift Shop as a present during his recent holiday in Tasmania, and suggested I write an article to publish on the website. Given the CWA ladies are about to celebrate their 70th birthday (October 10th to be exact), it seemed like another one of his very good ideas.

CWA Gift Shop - 165 Elizabeth Street in Hobart
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Gift Voucher for the CWA Gift Shop at 165 Elizabeth Street in Hobart

Manager CWA Gift Shop: Johanna Warren

After my visit, I made contact with Johanna Warren, the Manager of the CWA Gift Shop in Hobart.  She was more than happy for me to write an article, and gave me the following information…

The first CWA Gift Shop in Hobart opened in 1942 in rented rooms in Murray St. That was followed by a move to Mather’s Lane in 1949.  Previously the site had been a butcher shop and a hotel, and in 1951 the building was purchased.  The shop was established so members could sell their goods to help them through tough times.

CWA Gift Shop - Children's Clothing
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The CWA Gift Shop ladies make clothes and toys for children, much of it hand-knitted

Currently the CWA Gift Shop has about 70 members and is manned purely by volunteers… mostly CWA members but some lovely ladies that just like to have something different to do!  They are always looking for new volunteers and members, so if the idea appeals to you, go ahead and contact Johanna Warren.

CWA Gift Shop - Preserves, Flowers & Slices
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CWA Gift Shop sells a variety of produce: jams, sauces, flowers and baked goodies

The CWA Ladies: Celebrating 70 Years

70 years on, the CWA (Country Women’s Association) are quite an important organisation. They are one of the largest groups offering friendship and focus for women in Tasmania.  Aside from the fabulous array of cakes, preserves and hand-crafts they make and sell through the gift shop, the group also provide valuable assistance to local families in the community.  Through fundraising and charity work, their reach includes helping rural women in other countries and offering feedback to agencies and government departments.

CWA Gift Shop - Jams and Preserves
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Marmalade, made by “number 9” on sale at the CWA Gift Shop in Hobart

Thanks to Roger and the CWA Gift Shop ladies, my kids have enjoyed a variety of cakes and slices in their lunch boxes lately.  And I must say, number 99 makes some pretty amazing tomato sauce!

CWA Gift Shop - Cakes and Slices
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A tempting array of cakes and slices in the windows at 165 Elizabeth Street in Hobart

The CWA Gift Shop is at 165 Elizabeth Street in Hobart.  For more information,
phone Johanna Warren 6234 4187 or follow the CWA Gift Shop on Facebook.

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Map: CWA Gift Shop, 165 Elizabeth Street in Hobart