Women's Groups 2013 - Sibyl/University of Western Australia Student Guild Women’s Collective

Sibyl/University of Western Australia Student Guild Women’s Collective

Purpose of the group

A women’s collective was established soon after the University of Western Australia (UWA) guild of undergraduates elected its first women’s officer. The collective wanted to do something practical and decided to publish a feminist magazine, Sibyl.

Sibyl was a forum for women to exchange thoughts and ideas. All women were encouraged to contribute. It was a non-profit magazine produced four times a year and each issue was put together by different members of the collective who were female students and graduates.

The collective wrote Sibyl, typed it onto paper plates, printed it, collated, stapled and distributed it. It contained articles, stories, book reviews, poems and advertisements about issues relevant to women.

In 1975 (International Women's Year), the women’s collective edited a special edition of Pelican, the UWA guild newspaper. It took much persuasion because the guild was protective of its publication and reluctant to entrust it to a feminist group.

Closely related to Sibyl was the Feminist Workshop, which operated out of a Mount Lawley flat and received government funding during International Women’s Year. The workshop provided facilities such as a typewriter, duplicating equipment and a wide range of books and feminist magazines.

The workshop’s aim was to build a resource centre for women’s movement literature to help women needing information or those curious about feminism. Equipment was also available for loan. The workshop was open most evenings. It later moved to the Trades Hall car park in Beaufort Street and was also located in a King Street second floor office for a while.

Time period

The women’s collective was established in 1974 and the first issue of Sibyl was published the same year. Sibyl continued until about 1983.

Key achievements

One of the stories published in Sibyl (1975) on violence against women was recently reprinted in the biography of Patricia Giles—Among the Chosen by Lekkie Hopkins and Lynn Roarty.

Key people and positions in the group

  • Anne Giles was the first women's officer elected by the UWA guild and she started the women’s collective with Marcelle Anderson, Madelon Wilkins, Maureen Davies and others.
  • Val Humphrey designed the graphic for Sibyl’s cover.


  • Women’s Collective, Sibyl. Perth, WA. Issues from 1974–1983 available from State Library of WA (call number 301.412 SIB).
  • Information provided by Anne Giles.

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American Women's Club of Perth (AWC)
Association of Civilian Widows of WA Inc
Australian College of Midwives WA Branch (ACM)
Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA)
Beta Sigma Phi
Business and Professional Women Western Australia (BPW)
Catholic Women’s League of Western Australia (Inc)
Chrysalis House Women's Refuge
Cine-Matrix: Women in Film and Television WA
Cockburn Women’s Peace Camp
Combined Equal Pay Committee/WA Council for Equal Pay and Opportunity
Community Midwifery WA
Country Women’s Association (CWA)
Domestic Violence Action Group (Geraldton)
Emily’s List
Equal Opportunity Law Reform Coalition
Fremantle Women’s Health Centre (FWHC)
Girl Guides WA
Graduate Women Western Australia (GWWA)/Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW) Western Australia
Grapevine/Perth Wimmin’s Collective
Gretel Club of Perth (Inc)
Harvest Guild
Incest Survivors Association (Inc.)
Inner Wheel Australia
Inside Out Project
Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre
Kalgoorlie Auxiliary of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Karrakatta Club
Labor Women’s Association
Lespar Library
Living Child Inc.—Safe Village Births
Lutheran Women WA
Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre
Mining Mums
Modern Women's Club
Mothers’ Union Australia
Movement for the Ordination of Women
Muslim Women’s Support Centre of WA (Inc)
National Council of Women of Western Australia (previously known as West Australian National Council of Women and Western Australian National Council of Women)
National Council of Jewish Women of Australia—WA section (NCJWA)
Nintirri Centre
Older Women’s Network (OWN WA)
Penguin Club
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Polyhymnia Reading Group
Rape Crisis Line
Rural Remote Regional Women’s Network (RRR)
Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)
Sibyl/University of Western Australia Student Guild Women’s Collective
Society of Women Writers WA
Soroptimist International of Western Australia
Starick Services Inc
Status of Women Committee WA—Australian Labor Party
Tradeswomen on the Move
UN Women Australia (formerly UNIFEM Australia)—Perth Chapter Young UN Women Perth Chapter
Union of Australian Women—WA Branch
V.I.E.W. Western Australia
West Australian Women’s Society of Fine Arts and Crafts
War Widows’ Guild
Warrawee Women’s Refuge
Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL)
West Australian Housewives’ Association (Inc)
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Women in Media
Women’s Information Referral Exchange (WIRE)
Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Western Australia
Women in Education Coalition
Women in Mining WA (WIMWA)
Women in Sailing (WIS)
Women in Sport Committee of the Western Australian Sports Council
Women in Technology WA (Inc) (WiTWA)
Women Lawyers of Western Australia (Inc) (WLWA)
Women with Disabilities WA Inc (WWDWA)
Women’s Action Alliance (WAA)
Women’s Advisory Council (WAC)
Women’s Broadcasting Cooperative
Women’s Committee of State School Teachers’ Union WA Executive
Women's Committee of the Waterside Workers Federation
Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA)/Women’s Refuge Group of WA (WRG)
Women’s Health and Family Services/Women’s Health Care House/Perth Women’s Centre/Women’s Health Service
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Women’s Interest Network
Women in Engineering WA (WIE WA)
Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO)
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Women’s Service Guilds
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