Milestone bringing Cowra and Ukraine closer together

On Saturday, September 14, the Ukrainian Women's Association Australia (UWAA) will come back to where it all began - Cowra.

The UWAA was founded 70 years ago at the Cowra Migrant Camp following WW2 and a number of events are in place to mark the milestone.

On September 13, 1949, a group of 12 women, at the initiative of Irena Pelenskyj, gathered to form an organisation, which was to work for the Ukrainian cause.

They founded the "Alliance of of Ukrainian Women" and it was based on the principles of preserving Ukrainian identity in Australia.

Although Ms Pelenskyj, Maria Moskal and the group in Cowra are credited for being the initiators of the Ukrainian women's movement, similar branches were being formed in migrant camps across Australia.

Leshia Bubniuk from the UWAA said a number of Ukrainian people who lived at the migrant camp will travel back to Cowra.

"All are welcome," she said.

"We would love to have people to tell stories, we would love it."

At 11.30am on the Saturday at Europa Park, there will be a ceremony featuring a wreath laying and a performance of both countries' national anthems by the Sutsvittya Choir.

There will also be a special lunch to commemorate the event at the Cowra Services Club from 1pm, with presentations and performances.