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Australia Day Women's Ceremony

Occupations
Commemoration

Summary

Since 1961 the National Council of Women of Victoria Inc (NCWV) and the Australia Day Council (Victoria) have come together to conduct a ceremony to honour the Pioneer Women of Australia and in particular, Victoria.

The Ceremony has been held in the Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden in King's Domain each January. Guides Victoria have generously provided a Colour Party for the raising and lowering of the Australian Flag. The Australia Day Council has undertaken to see to the music, microphone and flowers for the Guest Speaker. NCWV has undertaken to arrange for chairs to be placed in the garden, the sheaf of flowers for the Memorial Plaque as well as in discussion with the Australia Day Council (Victoria) to invite a Guest Speaker. The City of Melbourne through its Parks and Garden Department has assisted in many ways over the years as without their invaluable assistance it would not be possible to hold the Ceremony in these Pioneer Women's Gardens. The Minute's Silence was introduced to honour all pioneer women at the request of the Australian Church Women.

Details

Events

1961
Dr (later Dame) Margaret Blackwood DBE speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1962
Mrs G N Frost – now Dame Phyllis Frost AC DBE DSocSc(Hon) speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1963
Mrs R R Gordon speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1964
Mrs E W (Marjorie) Tipping speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1965
Mrs E W Tipping speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1966
Dame Mabel Brooks DBE speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1967
Mrs G N Frost – now Dame Phyllis Frost AC DBE DSocSc (Hon) speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1968
Mrs R R Gordon speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1969
Mrs Breen – later Dame Marie and Senator for Victoria speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1970
The Lady Casey (Associate NCWV) speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1971
E Utassy speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1972
Dr Elizabeth Turner speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1973
Matron V Bullwinkel speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1974
Mrs A W (Betty) Burton (Past NCWV International Secretary) speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1975
Mrs J G Norris – Later Dame Ada speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1976
Mrs Douglas Keep speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1977
Mrs Mary Hoban speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1978
Miss Patricia Kennedy speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1979
Miss Pat Waller speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1980
Patsy Adam Smith AM speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1981
Mrs Edith Hall speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1982
The Hon. Mrs Justice Lusink speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1983
Dame Beryl Beaurepaire DBE speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1984
Dr Marion Adams speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1985
Miss Edith Dawson speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1986
Ms Deborah Towns speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1987
Miss Wilma Hannah speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1988
Cr Leckie Ord - Lord Mayor City of Melbourne speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1989
Mrs Maurine Goldston – Morris OAM LDIC FRGS speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1990
Ms Georgia Richter speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1991
Dame Phyllis Frost AC DBE DSocSc (Hon) speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1992
Dr Janet McCalman speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1993
Mrs Jean Cheshire GCSJ OAM speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1994
Mrs Elizabeth Proust speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1995
Mrs Shirley Horne AM speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1996
Prof. Brian Lloyd speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1997
Sharon Firebrace speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1998
Ivan Deveson - Lord Mayor City of Melbourne speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
1999
Mrs Sylvia Gelman MBE speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
2000
Melba Marginson, Hong Vo, Medina Idriess speakers at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
2001
Gracia Baylor AM speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
2002
Dr Shirley Sampson BA Bed PhD JP speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
2004
Rabbi Aviva Kipen speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
2005
Susan Halliday speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
2006
Colonel Janice McCarthy ARRC speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
2007
Professor Judith Smart and Professor Marian Quartly joint speakers at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
2008
Pauline Parker speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
2009
Dr. Andi Diamond speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony
2010
Mrs. Cam Nguyen speaker at the Australia Day Women's Ceremony

Sources used to compile this entry: Forty years on : women still pioneering : a collection of speeches from the Australia Day Women's Ceremony, Pioneer Women's Garden, King's Domain, Melbourne, National Council of Women of Victoria, Melbourne, 2002, 66 pp.

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