Her Place Women's Museum curates exhibitions that tell the stories of Australian women. These exhibitions celebrate the work, lives, achievements and historical significance of living and deceased women.

Many of the women featured in the exhibitions have been past recipients of the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. Established in 2001, the Honour Roll 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 of the Land

13 October–26 November 2017

Melbourne Gallery, Melbourne Museum

11 Nicholson St, Carlton, 3053

Free Events


A collaboration between Her Place Women’s Museum Australia and Museums Victoria’s Invisible Farmer Project to celebrate rural women who work, protect and heal our land.

Her Place Women’s Museum Australia has been generously supported by the Victorian Government.

Her Place Women’s Museum Australia

Her Place Women’s Museum Australia celebrates the social, civic and entrepreneurial achievements of Australian women and their role in shaping our nation.

In 2017, with funding from the Victorian Government’s Gender Equality Strategy, Her Place curated three exhibitions that toured regional and metropolitan Victoria. Her Place continues to work towards the creation of a permanent public space that will collect and preserve women’s records and archives so that the distinctive achievements and contributions of women can be acknowledged and written into history.

This installation honours the work of four Victorian women strongly bound to the land. You will meet Aunty Fay Carter, a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung Senior Elder; Maisie Carr (Fawcett), a pioneering scientist; Pat Bigham, a firefighter; and Val Lang, a farmer. Each of these women have lived their commitment to the land and the communities who rely upon it.

Invisible Farmer Project

Museums Victoria’s Invisible Farmer Project aims to acknowledge and record the diverse, innovative and vital role of Australian women in agriculture. The project involves a national partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations.

This mini-exhibition features some of the stories captured by the Invisible Farmer Project since launching in March 2017. The collection’s first object, Heather Mitchell’s hat, embodies the important role that Heather played in leading farming communities and rural organisations.

You will also meet the first four women interviewed for this project: Amelia Bright (pork), Sallie Jones (dairy), Amy Paul (poultry) and Lisa Sartori (viticulture).

Pat Bigham

Poultry farmer and CFA volunteer

Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2017

Maisie Carr (nee Fawcett)

Botanist and ecologist

Val Lang AM

Farmer and agricultural mentor

Aunty Fay Carter

Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung Senior Elder

Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2004