Bright Year Ahead for QCWA

Beautifully painted tea towel by Judith which received 2nd place at Division level for last year’s QCWA country of study competition

Beautifully painted tea towel by Judith which received 2nd place at Division level for last year’s QCWA country of study competition

2023 is shaping up to be a cracker of a year for the Tin Can Bay Branch of the Queensland Country Women’s Association because we have already received requests for assistance from hospitals and other charitable organisations; we are very dedicated to our community and our input is substantial and ongoing.

We said goodbye to our 2022 Country of Study which was Australia and hello to the colourful dual-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago which is found in the South Caribbean Sea, just off the eastern tip of Venezuela.

During 2022 our Branch International Officers Mollie and Dawn were tasked with sharing information about Australia at our monthly meetings. We were regaled with stories about our nation’s history, they had us singing Australian songs, we heard bush poetry, and we found out more about all the things that make Australia so unique including our animals, bush foods, and our people.

Every year the QCWA runs competitions for Branch members focusing on the QCWA’s nominated country of study. Competitions range from various types of projects and scrap books to hard craft, soft craft, painted or creative international tea towels. Good luck to those entering any of the competitions.

A few of our members are planning to attend the International Country of Study Conference which is being held in Hervey Bay from 17 to 19 February 2023.

The 2022 Primary Product of the Year was the Pineapple, so last year we learned a lot about the precious pineapple. Did you know that the pineapple was once considered a symbol of wealth and power?  In the 18th Century the pineapple would often be put on display in homes or carried under the arms of wealthy people, a single pineapple could cost thousands of pounds.

Many people actually rented pineapples, my how times have changed! We also shared lots of recipes with pineapple as the main ingredient, it is a very versatile fruit able to be used in both savoury and sweet dishes.

Our Primary Product for 2023 is the dragon fruit. Similar to the country of study, we will also learn about this fruit, its origins, how to use it in recipes and, like Trinidad and Tobago, dragon fruit are also very colourful – they can be white, pink, purple and yellow and shades between.

As always over the Christmas/School Holiday break, our members have been very busy making and donating items for those in need.

“Women from all walks of life are members of the QCWA and they join for a variety of reasons. The QCWA means something different to everyone and that’s the way we like it.” Courtesy of the QCWA website

We do so much more than just make coffee/tea and scones, if you would like find out more about QCWA please contact Wendy, our Branch President, or visit

Everyone is welcome to come along to any of our events:


1st and 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10am to Noon at 18 Whiting Street, Tin Can Bay.


3rd Wednesday of the month 9.30am for a 10am start. Clubhouse, Cooloola Waters Retirement Village, 34 Toolara Road, Tin Can Bay.


2nd Monday of the month 9.30am at 18 Whiting Street, Tin Can Bay.

All Enquiries: Wendy – 0412 547 043 or Judy – 0402 769 392.

Gabriella Field

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