BIOGRAPHIES

Her Place Women's Museum Australia has profiled 25 remarkable Australian women through the curation of exhibitions celebrating their work, achievements and historical significance through video interviews, photographs, biographical accounts and personal artefacts.

Since 2016, we have:

  • Curated 6 exhibitions in Melbourne and regional centres

  • Held 18 public events and professional development programs

  • Produced free accompanying school curriculum materials for teachers and educators

  • Included 14 women who have been inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, an initiative which pays tribute to women who have been pioneers in their field and who have improved the lives of women and the broader Victorian community.

Explore the profiles below to find out more about these women via video interviews, short biographies, and links to Honour Roll booklets and education resources.

Susan Alberti AC
Businesswoman and philanthropist

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Paola Balla
Artist and activist

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Pat Bigham AFSM
Poultry farmer and CFA volunteer

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Jill Bilcock
Award-winning film editor

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Vivian Bullwinkel AO MBE
Nurse and WW2 POW

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Maisie Carr (nee Fawcett) 
Botanist and ecologist

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Aunty Fay Carter
Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung Senior Elder

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Ruth Crow AM 
Community and political activist

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Mary De Garis
WW1 medical doctor

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Kerry Greenwood
Writer and lawyer

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Sallie Jones
Dairy farmer and mental health advocate

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The Hon. Joan Kirner AC
Former premier of Victoria

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Val Lang AM
Farmer and agricultural mentor

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Deborah Lawrie FRAeS MAP
Australia's first female commercial airline pilot

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Melba Marginson
Refugee and immigrant advocate

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Tricia Malowney
Disability activist and board member

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Florence McKenzie OBE
Australia's first female electrical engineer

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Halima Mohamed
Somali community leader

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Brigitte Muir OAM
First Australian woman to climb Mt Everest

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Alice Pung
Writer and lawyer

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Chelsea Roffey
AFL Umpire

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Peta Searle
Assistant Coach
St Kilda Football Club

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Rebecca Scott
Social welfare entrepreneur

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Alma Thorpe
Gunditjmara woman and Aboriginal activist

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Diane Wright
Founder of residential community hospices

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Gweneth Wisewould
Trentham-based doctor from 1938-72

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Aunty Bess Yarram
Noongar elder and Aboriginal activist

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Videos
Her Place Women's Museum Australia has produced a series of interviews with, and mini documentaries about, 22 of the women. Click on the portraits below to view them.

Education Resources
The education resources for primary and secondary schools were produced by accredited teachers and link to the Victorian Curriculum. These resources are free and available to download – just scroll to the end of each profile.