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  • AU PMB MS 1211
  • Collection
  • 1963-2000

The YWCA of Fiji was established in Suva in 1961. Anne Walker and Ruth Lechte arrived in 1962 from Melbourne to set up a YWCA kindergarten and youth program. They moved to the upstairs section of the old Suva Town Hall in 1963. By 1966 the Y was operating clubs and classes, sports and recreations as well as three kindergartens. Amelia Rokotuivuna opened a Branch in Lautoka in 1968. In 1970 tenders were let for a new centre, financed by overseas funds. The five-storey building was constructed on land next to Sukuna Park. A new specialised kindergarten was opened in Des Voeux Road in 1972. Anne Walker became Youth Director and National Programme Coordinator. Ruth Lechte was Executive Director of the YWCA of Fiji till May 1973 when she was succeeded by Amelia Roktuivuna. Ms Rokotuivuna is now President of the YWCA of Fiji.

Constitution, regulations, bye-laws and other administrative and policy papers, 1978; National Council minutes, Jan 1979-Mar 1993; National Executive Committee minutes, Dec 1978-Jun 1994; Programme Committee, Aug 1963-May 1984 (gaps); Public Affairs Committee minutes, 1974-1984; Pre-School Committee minutes, 1975-1981; Youth Club minutes, 1965; annual report 1973; Convention reports, 1976 & 1990; press cuttings, 1965-2000; displat book, “Role of Women in Fiji”, 1968-1970; printed material on construction of headquarters in Suva. <b>See Finding aids for details.</b>

Young Women’s Christian Association of Fiji