I love writing, taking photos, travelling and enjoying life. I have a BA of Adult and Vocational Teaching and a Master of Arts (Writing). My business card says Writer, Traveller, Camera Addict, and Bamboo Fan www.dihill.com.au
Published August 21st 2015
Visit the Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame
There are many places to visit in Alice Springs, right in the heart of Australia, and one that you should put on your "Must See" list is the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame, which is in the old Alice Springs Gaol at 2 Stuart St.
The old gaol is certainly worth visiting too, but for women in particular, the wonderful display in the Hall of Fame is most interesting. It was the dream of Molly Clark, of Old Andado Station, some 330 kms from Alice Springs who back in 1993, she called a public meeting and spoke of her wish to create a Hall of Fame to recognise the achievements of pioneer women throughout Australia's history.
At the public meeting Molly outlined the aims and objectives of the proposed women's museum: "That a future Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame be located in Alice Springs to commemorate and acknowledge the contribution made by women in outback Australia… The need for such a facility in Alice Springs to satisfy the interests of tourists to Central Australia who wish to learn more about "pioneer life" in outback regions".
Dame Quentin Bryce is the Patron. She was quite a pioneer in contemporary Australian society. She came from Ilfracombe in Queensland and studied law and arts and was one of the first women to be admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1965. She was Governor of Queensland from 2003 – 2008, and in September 2008, became the 25th Governor General of Australia, until March 2014.
The Museum opened in the old Courthouse in 1994, but outgrew it and in 2007 it moved to the old Alice Springs Gaol.
Visitors need to spend several hours there as there are exciting displays and stories about many women in Australia who have been pioneers in some way. It is dedicated to preserving the place of women in history for their special contribution to Australia's heritage.
As someone who has driven round Australia on my own a few years ago, I was particularly taken by a story of the first woman to drive around Australia. Catherine Gregson did it way back in 1937 and her story is recorded there.
Roses at the entry to the Pioneer Womens Hall of Fame
It is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. Entry is $10 for adults, $7 concession, and children $4, and $25 for family. (It is closed for Christmas and the month of January.)