61st Annual Pioneer Women’s Ceremony

As 2022 is the 120th Anniversary of NCWV, we will focus on pioneering women who established Victorian women organisations and those who have continued these organisations up until today.

Dr Judith Smart AM, co-author of the history of the NCW Australia, Stirrers with Style will give an overview of the history of women’s organisations, then a panel of speakers from some of the founding groups of NCWV will talk about their beginnings and where they are today.

The Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden is a garden of remembrance created in Kings Domain as part of the 1934 celebration of the Centenary of Melbourne. A variety of fundraising ventures occurred, including producing and selling a commemorative book, and receiving public subscriptions to have a particular woman's name inscribed on a "sheet of remembrance", buried beneath the sundial in the garden. The garden was designed by Hugh Linaker and is a formal, symmetrical garden traversed by a watercourse. This flows into a grotto which contains a bronze statue of a woman by the sculptor Charles Web Gilbert.


This is a COVID safe event, with distancing and sanitising.

Please notify NCWV of your attendance on [email protected]

March 26, 2022 at 10:00am - 12pm
Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden in the Kings Domain
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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National Council of Women of Victoria Inc. - President: Ronniet Milliken · 0478 783 489

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