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Women of the River Country Exhibition

09 Apr - 11 Nov 2015

Exhibition now showing – FREE ENTRY at the Arnold Gallery, 6 Randell Street Mannum Mon – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Murray Darling Basin stretches across four States in Australia and is home to the country’s three longest rivers, the Murray, the Darling and the Murrumbidgee.

Every river has a story and these ever changing landscapes are, and have been, a lifeline to so many. As far as records date back, many river stories have evolved and recorded as to the men who played major roles with the contribution of women often overlooked.

The Women of the River Country exhibition has been produced as a national exhibition to highlight stories of remarkable river women who has played vital roles in shaping our mighty river country.

The exhibition showcases the stories of 19 unique women from the mid 1800’s to present day. From early pioneers to an internationally acclaimed sporting icon, to a world class musician, all of whom have been connected with our magnificent river-scape.

Visit the Arnold Gallery and be enthralled with stories of:

Pearl Wallace NSW – First Woman River Captain

Ruby Hunter SA – Aboriginal Singer, Songwriter

Ivy Carr SA – Queen of Cuisine on the Murray

Mary Ann Randell SA – Murray River Mother

Elizabeth “Bessie” Randell SA – A Murray River Love Story

Eliza Arbuckle SA – A Murray River Explorer

Jessie Wakefield SA – World War One Heronine

Mary Ann Edwards SA – A River Entrepreneur

Pauline Milich SA – Mother of 14, Midwife to over 200 more!

Ella Chaffey SA – Stories from a River Past

Hattie Schell & Hattie Sexton Schell VIC – The Two Hatties

Hilda Creager NSW – Professional Fisherwoman

Elizabeth Williams NSW – Courage and a Cannon

Jessie Dunstone VIC – Well, I Love it!

Margaret Court AO, MBE, PhdLLD (hon) NSW – Albury NSW Tennis Legend

Helen Sutherland NSW – Murray Grey Breeder

Elyne Mitchell VIC – A Woman of High River Country

Essie Nesbitt VIC – Over 20,000 River Welcomes.

In addition, 11 local ladies have been profiled in the exhibition who have shaped the township of Mannum; these are:

Alvena Arnold, Eileen Dunn, Bella Randell, Joan Kreiser, Brigittee Schache, Eileen Ellis, Lucy Shearer, Isobelle Campbell, Carol Greening, Stella Schultz, Murray Darlings Red Hatters.

The exhibition will be on display in Mannum for the remainder of the year and will make its way to venues in the Mid Murray Council region being Swan Reach, Blanchetown and Morgan where they will research their own local identities to replace the existing Mannum localised profiles.

A booklet has been produced with extended versions of the short profiles depicted on the plinths and is for sale in the Mannum Visitor Information Centre for $25.00.

Entry Cost (AUD): Free
Booklet of the long versions of the profiled women available for sale at the Mannum Visitor Information centre for $25.00
Event Venue: Arnold Gallery, Mannum Dock Museum
6 Randell Street 5238
Event Times: Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat & Sun 10:00 am - 4:0 pm
Facilities: Toilet facilities for the Disabled
Air Conditioned


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