3 Lobelia Street, O'Connor, Australian Capital Territory
- Feminist support service
For almost 20 years the Women's House in O'Connor was an important feminist space providing support for community based women's groups and organisations. Activities and events at the house reflected the changing shape of the women's movement, both locally and nationally, as well as local women's involvement in broader political campaigns. The House was the first centre for community based women's services in Canberra with Canberra Women's Liberation, Women's Electoral Lobby, the Abortion Counselling Service and the Rape Crisis Counselling Service as the first tenants. Over the years many of the women involved formed significant groups and connections at the House, contributing to the establishment of some of the key women's services in Canberra. Lesbian Line, a telephone support service for women, operated out of the House for a number of years in the late 1980s and early nineties. An even wider range of women's groups used the House for meetings. By the mid 1990s there were more women-specific services established in Canberra, both government and non-government. This meant that the House was being used less often after having provided a critically significant place for a diverse range of Canberra women to meet, work, organise and party.