Women at the Edge

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at George Kerferd Hotel, Beechworth

History and Beyond

Victoria’s north-eastern regions are rich with dramatic scenery – from the majestic Alpine ranges to the storied banks of the Murray River. Indigenous people have lived in the area for tens of thousands of years. 

The land is home, first and foremost, to their stories and lore. Since colonisation, this region has been the backdrop, too, to many myths and legends that are imprinted on the Australian national psyche – mostly goldrush stories of bushrangers and manhunts in the high country. Where are the women in all these stories?

To celebrate International Women's Day, we'll hear from local leaders, historians and experts as they delve into the history of the region and share often unacknowledged stories of the women who have shaped the recent and distant past. Join us at George Kerferd Hotel as we salute our foremothers in style. 

Presented in partnership with Women’s Health Goulburn North East.


Portrait of Raylene Brown

Raylene Brown

Raylene is a beekeeper’s daughter who has worked in agricultural research and extension across three states and a variety of agricultural industries. More recently she has been employed in Landcare. She now owns and manages a remnant woodland property in southern NSW under a conservation agreement. She has degrees in soil science and environmental management and is completing a Graduate Certificate of Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage.

Portrait of Jacqui Durrant

Jacqui Durrant

Dr Jacqui Durrant is a historian and blogger specialising in early gold rush history, Aboriginal/white contact history and environmental history. Her first book, Fire on the Plateau — A History of Fire and its Management in Stanley, which concluded that climate change has dramatically increased the threat of bushfires in the local community, was published by the Stanley Athenaeum in Spring 2019. She lives in Beechworth, North East Victoria.

Portrait of Liz Conor

Liz Conor

Associate Professor Liz Conor in an ARC Future Fellow in History at La Trobe University on the ‘Graphic Encounters : Prints of Indigenous Australians’ project. She is the author of Skin Deep: Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women (UWAP, 2016) and The Spectacular Modern Woman: Feminine Visibility in the 1920s (Indiana UP, 2004).

Liz is a community campaigner, founding and convening the Coalition Against Sexual Violence Propaganda(1990) on media portrayal of sexual violence, the Stick with Wik (1997) campaign on native title, the Mother’s of Intervention(2000) campaign on maternity leave, and the guerilla theatre troupe The John Howard Ladies’ Auxiliary Fanclub (with Zelda Da, 1996) and most recently the Climate Guardian Angels (with Deborah Hart, 2012). She is working on a new troupe of Cigarette Girls, The Coalettes.

Portrait of Robynne Nelson

Robynne Nelson

Robynne Nelson is a proud Aboriginal woman of Yorta Yorta, Waveroo and Dja Dja Wurrung heritage. She has undertaken a broad range of consultancy projects across Victoria and NSW over the past 21 years including regional health plans, strategic planning, family services reviews, developing and reviewing service models, conference facilitation, developing policies and procedures and interagency partnership agreements, and writing Aboriginal Aged Care and Disability Policies for all Victorian Aboriginal Community Health Organisations. Robynne also completed a cross-border regional health plan for Albury Wodonga Aboriginal communities (2001) which resulted in the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service being established.

Portrait of Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson

Alana is widely recognised for her work in rural development and gender equality. In January 2020 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to women.

A pioneer of the rural women’s movement in Australia, Alana is a founding member of Australian Women in Agriculture Inc. and former President of the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women.

Women at the Edge

What are the major issues affecting women in regional areas? How important are local systems and solutions in dealing with local problems? What are the new and innovative ways country women are tackling issues of gender inequity? What can policy-makers learn from local community initiatives and what are rural women learning from each other?

In five events across 2020, we're hitting the road and heading north-east to the diverse Goulburn and Ovens Murray regions of Victoria to discuss these questions with local community leaders and experts. In partnership with Women’s Health Goulburn North East we'll hold critical conversations, and share stories, on topics ranging from women's health and housing to disaster relief, accessibility and financial empowerment.


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George Kerferd Hotel, Beechworth

The George Kerferd is located in Mayday Hills
Oak Avenue, Beechworth
VIC 3747