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Free Entry to the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame and the Old Alice Springs Gaol

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Explore the old gaol and learn about pioneering women


On Friday the 18th of May 2018, National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame and the Old Alice Springs Gaol will be offering free entry all day as part of International Museum Day celebrations.

Entry is usually $10 for adults, $4 for children and $25 for families, so this is a great chance to bring the family along and have a look through.

Old Alice Springs Gaol was opened in 1938 and was known as Her Majesty's Gaol and Labour Prison Alice Springs during its years of operation. After the prisoners were moved to a new gaol in 1996, it was agreed that the buildings would be preserved and the facility used to house the new National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame.

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The layout of the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame at Old Alice Springs Gaol


About the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame
The National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame is currently one of only two women's museums in Australia, and honours the contribution of pioneering women throughout Australian history.
"The museum defines a pioneer woman as any woman who is a pioneer in her chosen field from settlement to present day and commemorates the achievements of all Australian women"


The museum has a collection of over 2000 objects and is home to a range of exhibitions.

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One of the items in the collection


The exhibitions include a permanent exhibition titled,'Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: First in their Field', which features women including:
Julia Gillard, Australia's first female Prime Minister
Athlete Catherine Freeman (the first Indigenous Australian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics)
Dame Quentin Bryce (Australia's first female Governor-General)
Florence Violet McKenzie (Australia's first female electrical engineer)

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Another exhibition is titled 'Women at the Heart' and recognises the pioneering women who helped shape Central Australia, including:
Molly Clark, the founder of the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame



A third permanent exhibition - 'What's Work Worth?' - was opened on the 18th of May 2016, and examines how women's work has changed over the years.

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One of the items from the collection


Near the reception area, there is also a shop which sells a range of books, locally-made products such as jewellery and homewares, and also a selection of gifts and furniture pieces produced at the Alice Springs Correctional Centre.

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Some of the items for sale at the Old Gaol Shop


Families are encouraged to visit, and there are special activities designed for children over the age of 3, so why not enjoy a fun, free, family day out.
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Why? To learn about the history of the gaol, and about pioneering women throughout Australian history
When: Friday the 18th of May 2018, 10am-5pm
Phone: (08) 8952 9006
Where: Old Alice Springs Gaol, 2 Stuart Terrace, Alice Springs NT
Cost: Free
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