About us

A brief history

The Australian Women's Group (AWG) Bangkok was formed in 1954 as a social support group with a welfare focus. The few New Zealand ladies in Bangkok at the time also joined in and the group quickly became the Australian-New Zealand Women's Group (ANZWG).

In 1955, the first Australian Ambassador was appointed to Thailand and his wife, Mrs Alison Hay, became the first Chair of ANZWG. The Australian Ambassadors' wives remained Chair of the group until 1975, when a President was elected and the Ambassador's wife became a patron.

In 1958 the New Zealand community in Bangkok had increased significantly and the women formed their own group and AWG once again came into being. In 1975 the members of the New Zealand Women's Group were voted in as associate members of AWG. In 1983 AWG and NZWG merged to become one - ANZWG. 


ANZWG is supported by multi-talented volunteers who provide their time and resources to assist with ANZWG’s primary goals of generating friendships, and being an invaluable source of information and support to those families living in Bangkok. In addition ANZWG aims to facilitate support for many women and children in Thailand who are not as fortunate as themselves.

Our logo

In the 1980's the ANZWG logo was a pen caricature of a kangaroo jumping over a kiwi. In the early 1990's Susan Race designed the logo which incorporated a Thai woodcarving of a lotus flower in the centre (Thailand), a kowhai on the right hand side (New Zealand) and wattle on the left (Australia).

In 2013 the current and more contemporary logo was launched, defining ANZWG as a forward thinking group, while retaining the graphical links between Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. Designed by Camille Lynden-Bel the wattle, kowhai bloom and lotus flower were reworked and a simple black and white theme chosen.

The committee

ANZWG is run by a team of volunteers who hold different positions in the committee. The committee is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) usually held in March.


All committee members are happy to discuss any suggestions and/or questions, and can be contacted via email or in person at any ANZWG event. We are always looking for new committee members to join our team, either organising events, selecting different charities to support, or performing any of the administration tasks.

If you are a current member you can join the committee, and you can also log into the Members only page and leave feedback via the Members Feedback form.

Please note: due to Covid-19 and committee members having to leave Thailand, the 2020-21 Committee is operating in Caretaker mode, with vacant positions being filled by existing committee members and/or committee members located outside of Thailand. 

Welcome to the new committee

A new Committee was elected at the AGM in June 2020 for 2020-2021.

(Due to Covid-19, the 2020 AGM was held later than usual.)

The 2020-21 committee

Acting President - Alison Howe

A/Secretary - Laura Malloch

Assistant Secretary - Position Vacant

Treasurer - Jane Nicholls

A/Assistant Treasurer - Nimet Johnson

Welfare Team -  May Lawrence, Carol Chatfield

Membership Team - Alison Howe, Nimet Johnson, Sarah Pethick, Sharon Coulter 

Activities Team - Rachel Thorpe, Luanna Brunt

Kiwalas Team - Samatha Wilson, Laura Malloch

A/Advertising Coordinator Nimet Johnson

InTouch Magazine Editor - Martel Carter


Assistant Editor - Position Vacant

A/Social Media Coordinator - May Lawrence 


A/Website Coordinator - Martel Carter

Melbourne Cup Coordinator - Position Vacant

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