The exhibition tells the stories of ten women from across Victoria.  These women have contributed to Australian society at both national and local levels through their work as adventurers and sportswomen, farmers and doctors, engineers and community leaders.  The group includes a former state premier, a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung Senior Elder, Australia's first female commercial airline pilot and Trentham's remarkable doctor of 34 years.

Eight of the women featured in the exhibition have been inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. Established in 2001, the Honour Rolls pays tribute to women who have been pioneers in their field and who have improved the lives of women and the broader Victorian community.  Each year, at the time of International Women's Day, a new group of remarkable Victorian women is inducted onto the roll, thereby creating a significant record and increased awareness of the achievements and contributions of women in this state.

 

Women profiled in the exhibition

Pat Bigham AFSM
CFA Volunteer
Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2017

Aunty Fay Carter

Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung Senior Elder

Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2004

The Hon. Joan Kirner AC
Former premier of Victoria
Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2001

Image by EmilysListAustralia 
Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Val Lang AM 
Farmer and mentor of women in agriculture

Deborah Lawrie FRAeS Map

Australia's first female commercial airline pilot 

Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2001

Florence McKenzie OBE

Australia's first female electrical engineer

Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2001

Halima Mohamud
Somali community leader
Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2008

Brigitte Muir OAM

First Australian woman to climb Mt Everest 

Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2001

Peta Searle
Assistant Coach,
St Kilda Football Club
Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2017

Gweneth Wisewould

Trentham-based doctor from 1938-1972