Vale Fiona Richardson MP
Her Place Women’s Museum Australia mourns the death of Fiona Richardson, Victoria’s Minister for Women and Australia’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence. Fiona played a key role in delivering Victoria's response to the historic Royal Commission into Domestic Violence. She gave the victims of family violence a voice and bravely revealed her own experience with family violence on the ABC’s Australian Story last year.
Fiona was a great supporter of Her Place Women’s Museum Australia and wrote in an Age opinion piece: 'The lack of women represented in our statues and public space shows how we fail to recognise, respect and pay tribute to women's achievements. It shows women are not expected to take up their equal share of public space.'
She found time in her hugely busy schedule to launch both Her Place's Pop-up exhibition at the Melbourne Town Hall in 2016 and our Women in the West exhibition in March this year, giving witty and perceptive speeches at both.
Honouring Women, Inspiring Girls
Her Place is a not-for- profit organisation that celebrates the social, civic and entrepreneurial achievements of all Australian women and
their role in shaping our nation.
It originated in 2014 when a group of women from diverse backgrounds met to discuss forming a group to honour the achievements of
women and investigate the possibility of establishing a museum dedicated to the cause.
Her Place’s vision is to create a public space that honours the achievements of women, through exhibitions, public programs, education
resources and an archive.
In 2016 Her Place merged with Women’s Heritage Centre Victoria, an organisation established in 2015, dedicated to creating a physical
keeping place for women’s records and a living digital archive that acknowledges the distinctive contribution of women to the culture and
future of Victoria.
Together the organisation received seed funding from the State Government through its Gender Equity Strategy in December 2016 to
investigate the capacity to create an online museum and archive and develop a series of touring exhibitions that bring the stories of women,
including recipients of the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, to metropolitan and regional audiences in 2017.
Her Place Women’s Museum Australia is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, registered with ASIC and is currently seeking tax
deductibility status as a charity recognised by the ATO.