We have asked our panellists for Women Transforming the City to start by speaking briefly to one image that elucidates a particular instance in which women have transformed the city. These images are below for your reference.
Brooks Crescent protest, Fitzroy, 1970. Photographer Alan Jordan. Pictures Collection, State Library of Victoria.
Marion Mahony Griffin & Walter Burley Griffin, Competition Design Entry for Australia’s Federal Capital, View from Mount Ainslie, National Archives of Australia, Canberra.
Wendy Whiteley, Secret Garden
“In chains on equal pay”. Zelda Aprano (b.1928), chained to Commonwealth Building to protest about equal pay, October 21, 1969
Sir Doug Nicholls and Gladys Nicholls, statue by Louis Lormen in the Parliament Gardens. Gladys Nicholls was co-founder and coordinator of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Aboriginal Advancement League and active in Fitzroy and Northcote. Photo from Jeanine Lu.
Fiona Foley and Chris Knowles, Lie of the Land, 1997, site specific art and sound work commissioned by the City of Melbourne as a gift to the people of Melbourne to coincide with the National Aboriginal Reconciliation Conference. It is a commentary on Batman’s treaty with the Wurundjeri and the ‘founding’ of European Melbourne. The work was located outside the Melbourne Town Hall, and has since moved to the Melbourne Museum (shown above.) Photo: The Art and the Curious.
Parlour acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country across Australia’s many nations and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to the Indigenous people who are part of the Parlour community.