Her Place: Women in the West

7–31 March 2017
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Contact: 0477 411 089

Victoria University at MetroWest
138 Nicholson St


Her Place: Women in the West honours the lives and contributions of women in Melbourne’s west. The second in a series of exhibitions presented by Her Place Women’s Museum, it celebrates the work, achievements and historical significance of women through moving image, photographs, biographical accounts and personal artefacts. The exhibition tells the stories of ten women from the western suburbs of Melbourne. These women have contributed to Australian society at both national and local levels through their work as artists and activists, writers and scientists, businesswomen, lawyers and community leaders. The group includes a former state premier and the AFL’s first female coach.

Six of the women featured in the exhibition have been inducted onto 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.

The lives and experiences of women have traditionally been under-represented in historical narratives, museum collections and the public sphere. Many women from the west have been additionally marginalised due to issues of race, economic status and access to education, thus making ‘Her Place: Women in the West’ a rare opportunity to pay tribute to the many women who have risen above the challenges they have faced to make a mark on Melbourne’s west and beyond.

The exhibition is accompanied by a program of public discussions, educational programs and workshops that explore current and topical issues affecting women of all ages today.

In addition, we have developed a Communications Toolkit as a resource for media, individuals and groups who would like raise awareness of the the exhibiton Her Place: Women in the West and Her Place Women’s Museum Australia. 


Women profiled in the exhibition

Susan Alberti AC
Businesswoman and philanthropist
Inducted into the
Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2014

Paola Balla
Artist and activist

Ruth Crow AM 
Inducted into the 
Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2008

Podcast - Ruth Crow
Commissioned by Arts House (2016).

Maisie Carr (nee Fawcett) 
Botanist and ecologist

Kerry Greenwood
Writer and lawyer

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

Image by EmilysListAustralia 
Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0


Melba Marginson
Refugee and immigrant advocate
Inducted into the 
Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2001

Halima Mohamud
Somali community leader
Inducted into the 
Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2008

Alice Pung
Writer and lawyer

Peta Searle
Assistant Coach,
St Kilda Football Club