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Thursday 12 March 2020, 6.00pm – 7.15pm. Light refreshments from 5.30pm

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.


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... Read more

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 th... Read more

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 Vi... Read more

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 revie... Read more

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.... Read more


George Kerferd Hotel, Beechworth

George Kerferd, Oak Avenue, Beechworth

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